Kingdom Come(Explicit Version)(Bonus Tracks) CD (2006)

Artist: Jay-Z

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It's been said that Jay-Z put on his retirement show just so he could call himself "the Mike Jordan of rap." He might've also named his ninth studio album (and his first post-retirement) KINGDOM COME to draw equally boastful Superman comparisons. Supposedly taking the title from a Superman comic book in which the Man of Steel comes out of retirement to save the world yet again, Jiggaman seems to think hip-hop needs rescuing once more. Whether KINGDOM COME is the album to do it is debatable; however, Jay-Z's 2006 comeback offering might live up to the hype, after all. The album sparkles musically, thanks in large part to wisely chosen production from Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, the Neptunes, B-Money, DJ Khalil, Kanye West, and Dr. Dre (who serves up four tight beats), and Jay's plain-and-simple, top-shelf mic command finds new focus here as he spits as much about mid-life introspection as he does on standard hustler-to-mogul braggadocio. On "Lost Ones," Jigga speaks of his split with Dame Dash and the trials of his highly publicized love life, and "Minority Report" is yet another hip-hop protest song dedicated to Hurricane Katrina victims. KINGDOM COME also benefits from a typically all-star guest list that includes John Legend, Usher, Pharrell, Nelly, Chrissette Michelle, Sterling Simms, Beyonce, and, most surprisingly, Chris Martin of Coldplay.

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 203354130
UPC 602517136380
UPC 14 00602517136380
Format CD
Release Date 11/21/2006
Links
Author Jay-Z
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Bleek, Memphis
Associated Artist/Work Bloodfire
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Associated Artist/Work Jeezy, Young
Associated Artist/Work Killah, Ghostface
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sean, Big
Associated Artist/Work Tapemasters, Inc.
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Doug E. Fresh
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Gang Starr
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Artist Influence LL Cool J
Artist Influence Main Source
Artist Influence Marley Marl
Artist Influence Rakim
Artist Influence Run-D.M.C.
Artist Influence Slick Rick
Artist Contemporary 50 Cent
Artist Contemporary AZ
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
Artist Contemporary Big L
Artist Contemporary Big Punisher
Artist Contemporary Clipse
Artist Contemporary DMX
Artist Contemporary Eminem
Artist Contemporary Fabolous
Artist Contemporary Fat Joe
Artist Contemporary Fatal
Artist Contemporary Freeway
Artist Contemporary Ghostface Killah
Artist Contemporary Ja Rule
Artist Contemporary Jadakiss
Artist Contemporary Joe Budden
Artist Contemporary Kanye West
Artist Contemporary Kendrick Lamar
Artist Contemporary Lupe Fiasco
Artist Contemporary Mase
Artist Contemporary Memphis Bleek
Artist Contemporary Method Man
Artist Contemporary Missy Elliott
Artist Contemporary Mobb Deep
Artist Contemporary Mystikal (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Prodigy (Mobb Deep)
Artist Contemporary Raekwon
Artist Contemporary Redman
Artist Contemporary Ski Beatz
Artist Contemporary T.I.
Artist Contemporary The Diplomats
Artist Contemporary The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Follower Aesop Rock
Artist Follower Bas
Artist Follower Devin
Artist Follower DMX
Artist Follower Drag-On
Artist Follower Earl Sweatshirt
Artist Follower Fabolous
Artist Follower Far East Movement
Artist Follower Freeway
Artist Follower Guilty Simpson
Artist Follower J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Follower Ja Rule
Artist Follower Jean Grae
Artist Follower Joe Budden
Artist Follower Kanye West
Artist Follower Lil' Cease
Artist Follower Meek Mill
Artist Follower Memphis Bleek
Artist Follower Ms. Jade
Artist Follower Sauce Money
Artist Follower T.I.
Artist Follower The Murderers
Artist Follower The Neptunes
Artist Follower Trip Lee (rap)
Artist Follower Young Jeezy
Technical Info
Engineer Ryan West; Andrew Dawson; Angel Aponte; Medi Med; David Brown
Producer Just Blaze; Mark Batson; Swizz Beatz; Dr. Dre; The Neptunes; Kanye West; B-Money; Just Blaze
CatalogID 8045
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 11/21/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 75m : 12s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517136380
Album Notes and Credits
Includes bonus CD featuring exclusive live performances from the Reasonable Doubt 10 Year Anniversary Concert.
1. Politics As Usual
2. Can't Knock The Hustle
3. Can I Live
Personnel: Jonny Buckland , Sean Cruse (guitar); Dontae Winslow (horns, organ, Wurlitzer organ); Larrance Dopson (piano); Just Blaze (keyboards, drums); Dawaun Parker, Mark Batson, Che Pope (keyboards); Kenneth "Bam" Alexander (drums).
Audio Mixers: Just Blaze; Ryan West; Patrick Viala.
Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
Arrangers: Dontae Winslow; Mashica Winslow.
It's been said that Jay-Z put on his retirement show just so he could call himself "the Mike Jordan of rap." He might've also named his ninth studio album (and his first post-retirement) KINGDOM COME to draw equally boastful Superman comparisons. Supposedly taking the title from a Superman comic book in which the Man of Steel comes out of retirement to save the world yet again, Jiggaman seems to think hip-hop needs rescuing once more. Whether KINGDOM COME is the album to do it is debatable; however, Jay-Z's 2006 comeback offering might live up to the hype, after all. The album sparkles musically, thanks in large part to wisely chosen production from Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, the Neptunes, B-Money, DJ Khalil, Kanye West, and Dr. Dre (who serves up four tight beats), and Jay's plain-and-simple, top-shelf mic command finds new focus here as he spits as much about mid-life introspection as he does on standard hustler-to-mogul braggadocio. On "Lost Ones," Jigga speaks of his split with Dame Dash and the trials of his highly publicized love life, and "Minority Report" is yet another hip-hop protest song dedicated to Hurricane Katrina victims. KINGDOM COME also benefits from a typically all-star guest list that includes John Legend, Usher, Pharrell, Nelly, Chrissette Michelle, Sterling Simms, Beyonce, and, most surprisingly, Chris Martin of Coldplay.
Artist Overview
Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become the reigning rapper of New York City. Beginning with his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions with each release, and his hits made him omnipresent on urban radio. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparring most memorably with Nas. Jay-Z and his Roc-a-Fella associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded hip-hop during the 2000s and 2010s. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.119) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "This time, he's more imperious, kicking back like he has nothing to prove....On 'Kingdom Come' and 'Trouble,' Jay is just dominant."
Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "Jay-Z's coolly virtuosic delivery is irresistible....[With] stellar cuts..." -- Grade: B
Disc 1
1 Prelude, The
2 Oh My God
3 Kingdom Come
4 Show Me What You Got
5 Lost One - (featuring Chrisette Michele)
6 Do U Wanna Ride - (featuring John Legend)
7 30 Something
8 I Made It
9 Anything - (featuring Usher/Pharrell Williams)
10 Hollywood - (featuring Beyonc?)
11 Trouble
12 Dig A Hole - (featuring Sterling Simms)
13 Minority Report - (featuring Ne-Yo)
14 Beach Chair - (featuring Chris Martin)
Product Attributes
Artist Jay-Z
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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