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Holy Smokes is the second studio album by American rapper Tirade, released on 8 June 2007. It is Tirade’s first album to be released under his label, Shout N Swear Records, and his last underground album before he began focusing on pop-rap. The album spawned five singles, "Good Life", "Doing My Thing", "Well I Am", "Miami Rider" and "Let It Rip". The album contains guest appearances from Brisco, Pitbull, Akon, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Taylia Forbes, Neon King and Calprit.

Background

Tirade began recording the album in February 2006. Talking about producing the album, he said he wanted it to "sound less messy" than his previous album.

Singles

  • The album's first single, "Good Life", was released on 1 September 2006.
  • The album's second single, "Doing My Thing" featuring Taylia Forbes, was released on 24 November 2006.
  • The album's third single, "Well I Am", was released on 30 March 2007.
  • The album's fourth single, "Miami Rider" featuring Neon King, was released on 1 June 2007.
  • The album's fifth single, "Let It Rip" featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco, was released on 10 August 2007.
  • Alongside the five singles off the album, "From The Bottom" featuring Brisco and Pitbull was sent to urban contemporary radio stations during fall 2007.

Critical reception

Holy Smokes received mixed reviews from critics. Critics enjoyed the most of the songs on the album, and appreciated that the album had somewhat of a variety without being too all over the place. However, some of the songs, such as "Standing On The Spot" and "P*** Them Off" were criticised by most reviewers for being repetitive and annoying. Several reviewers also felt that the guest appearances outperformed Tirade on their songs.

Track listing

  1. "From The Bottom" (feat. Brisco and Pitbull)
  2. "Standing On The Spot"
  3. "So Wild" (feat. Akon)
  4. "Let It Rip" (feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco)
  5. "Let's Get This B**ch"
  6. "Good Life"
  7. "Well I Am"
  8. "No Cons"
  9. "Doing My Thing" (feat. Taylia Forbes)
  10. "P*** Them Off"
  11. "Miami Rider" (feat. Neon King)
  12. "Never Be My Enemy" (feat. Carlprit)
  13. "Ego"

Deluxe edition tracks

14. "So Wild" (Remix; feat. Akon, Fat Joe and Rick Ross)
15. "Good Life" (Remix; feat. Ying Yang Twins)
16. "P*** Them Off" (Remix; feat. Trick Daddy)

iTunes bonus tracks

14. "Let It Rip" (instrumental)
15. "Good Life" (instrumental)
16. "Doing My Thing" (instrumental)
17. "Miami Rider" (instrumental)

Charts

Chart (2007) Position
French Albums (SNEP)
168
Jetanie Albums (OCC)
9
Kuboian Albums (Karuboia)
14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)
58
US Billboard 200
19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)
7
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)
7
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