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After a somewhat half hearted attempt at early retirement, Jay Z is most definitely coming back with a bang. His album Kingdom Come Explicit version who Jay collaborated with on 'Big Pimpin' with back in 2000. Also showing up on this project is Beyonce who returned the favor of his guest appearances on her recently released Birthday. She aids her man on a track titled 'You Remind Me'. Production on the album can't get any better than this, Dr Dre adds his magic to a track featuring Mary J Blige called 'Tears' and Eminem produces and also features on 'Shades of Grey'. Other producers down with El Presidente on this come back which is slated to move approx. 1.5 million units the first week it hits shelves are, The Neptunes, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Rick Rubin and The Runners. Keeping pretty much to the same blueprint (no pun intended) as The 'Black Album', the additional cast members like the aforementioned Dr.Dre, Eminem and Chris Martin who along with band members Cold Play feature on the self titled track 'Til Kingdom Come', only enhance the standard of what we expect from Brooklyns finest. Jay's new album feature production from Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Kanye West and Coldplay's Chris Martin. After settling into the top job at Def Jam, the CEO coaxed his biggest artist himself to record 'Kingdom Come,' the comeback disc that tops EW's list of must-hear albums.
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For this album he breaks out of the retirement home with a little help from his friends, but of course his friends aren't your average neighborhood homeys - these tracks are produced by the likes of Just Blaze, Dr Dre, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz and Chris Martin (yes, Apple's daddy). He's also got more high profile guests than Oprah, with vocal contributions by John Legend, Usher, Pharrell, Ne-Yo, Chris Martin, Kanye, and of course Bootylicious Beyonce.
First single "Show Me What You Got" samples Public Enemy with a little help from Flava Flav, while the title track samples Rick James' "Super Freak". "Lost Ones" with Chrisette Michelle is another hot track, along with "Anything" which has the unmistakable touch of Pharrell. In the hard hitting "Minority Report", Jay-Z and Ne-Yo recount the horrors of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the American government to get help to the victims. My favorite track is "Beach Chair", the track with Chris Martin, and this pairing works incredibly well. (Who'd have thought it?)
If this is what happens when folks emerge from retirement, they'll have to build a lot more retirement homes for the entertainment industry in the near future.
- "Kingdome Come" - produced by Just Blaze, in my opinion, better than "show me what you got"
- "Lost ones" - Dr Dre produced;deep personal track of Jay-Z's life, how he's loved, lost, and lost relatives.
- "Show Me What you got" - recent hit of the fall, great production.
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Kingdom Come is an album whose quality cannot be fully understood on the first listen, or the second, or maybe even the first 10. But eventually, it'll seep into your brain. You'll notice that the more you listen, the more the subtle nuance, the little lyrical jabs, the understated but ultimately intricate flow will come into relief. I jumped on the leak (though, I've now purchased the special edition of the album) and have been listening to the album pretty much nonstop (cleansing my palette with Doctor's Advocate and Hell Hath No Fury every now and again) for over a week now. At first I definitely thought it was trash, epitomized by "Hollywood."
But then I really started to listen to the words. I heard his regret for not doing more for his community after Katrina on Minority Report ("Sure I ponyed up a mil', but I didn't give my time/So in reality I didn't give dime or a damn"). On Dig a Hole I heard him rap about the frustrating position he's in when it comes to beef ("It's hard to do when you've got nothing to prove/ Everybody knows you're better, you're in a lose-lose/ Cause even when you win ultimately you lose/ Real brothas like `Hov' why you talkin' to dude?'"). On I Made It, Jay thanks his mother for facilitating his growth in the absence of a father ("Didn't have a man in the house, so you made one/ That's why I act like your husband and I'm only your son"). On Lost Ones (leaked earlier this year) we hear one of the most personal Jay tracks ever recorded, to the point where he alludes to his rocky relationship with Beyonce, something he's normally very guarded about, "Breath mami, it's deserved/ You've been put on this earth to be all you can be, like the reserves/ But me, my time in this army is served/ So I hafta allow she, her time to serve/ The time's now for her, in time she'll mature/ And maybe we can be we again, like we were." I heard the superhero themes on Kingdom Come ("Take off the blazer, loosen up the tie/ Step inside the booth, Superman is alive"). And I even began to appreciate the meaning behind the words (over a disgusting beat) on Hollywood. Not to mention a touching song to his imprisoned cousin on Do You Wanna Ride, and my personal favorite track, Beach Chair, which speaks for itself.
In short, I honestly believe that Kingdom Come is a little above us when we first listen to it. It needs to be heard, and heard again. Is that the way entertaining music is supposed to work? No! But that's the way art works. There's no Big Pimpin' here, there's no I Just Wanna Love You, or Girls, Girls, Girls. This is above the commercial single, which is why I don't know how big a success it will be when it comes to airplay. This is art, this is complicated, try to understand the artist's strokes and you'll find a pretty awesome experience. This is Jay-Z's most complicated work and I think it will ultimately be appreciated years down the road, as a great deal of art is.
As an audio engineer, I can hear that there are some interesting samples going on in these tracks, but when it comes down to it, the mix and mastering are what killed this record. The mix is terrible. I have a lot of respect for Dre, but I think this album proves that he needs to stick to beats and that mixing is just simply not his thing.
Listen to the Black Album, then put this one in. The BA sounds really great, at least for a hip hop record, while this one is thin, overcompressed, and not even the bass hits you hard! You would think at least that would be right.
Maybe the next time he retires we'll get a better record...
To all the people who like this album, you are out of your mind...this isnt what Jigga's full potential is.
While this album shows a more storytelling, poet side of Jay-Z, it ain't exactly his best work. Actually this falls down at the bottom, right beneath his 1997 Vol 1 album. While his maturity as an artist has improved, his lyrical content has suffered. The first 5 songs are classic Jay-Z and the last two songs are classic hip-hop but the rest of the album in between sound more like demos of MC such&such. In my opinion, he has faltered quite a bit on this album, this is right under BluePrint2; BluePrint2 should've never been two discs let alone be a sequel to a hip-hop classic. Kingdom Come has a few good moments starting with the intro and leaving at Lost One, then coming back with Minority Report and ending altogether with Beach Chair, which could've had a better song title given the point of the song. Beyonce, Usher & Ne-Yo, John Legend and Chrisete could've been more utilized than singing hooks, let alone singing hooks on so-so songs. More thought could've been put into the album to make it a 3, and more could've been covered to make it a 4. But Jay is starting to let his Def Jam position affect him.