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Kingdom Come [Explicit Lyrics]

Jay-ZAudio CD
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Jay-Z is one of the most popular and financially successful hip-hop artists in the world. His success has come from his own work, including hugely successful albums like Vol.2... Hard Knock Life and The Blueprint, and from his work with most of rap's A-list performers; he has helped a host of artists start or advance their careers.

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc-a-Fella
  • ASIN: B000JJSRUM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Prelude
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
10. Hollywood featuring Beyonce
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Disc: 2
1. Politics As Usual
2. Can't Knock The Hustle
3. Can I Live

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Few retirements are as short-lived as that of New York rap mogul Jay-Z. Barely two years after bowing out in 2004, he's back with Kingdom Come--and if he's set down the mic for a minute, it doesn't show. Backed by a dream team of producers (Just Blaze, Kanye West, Dr Dre, the Neptunes), with special guests including Pharrell, Beyonce, and Coldplay's Chris Martin, it's an A-list cast. Naturally, though, it's the Hova who's the star attraction, slightly older and prone to pontificating on his ten years in the game (see "30-Something"), but certainly no wiser: as he raps on "Trouble," he's still got "hands in the cookie jar." The first few tracks are pure consolidation, gleaming and boastful productions that remind you just how great Jay-Z is on the mic. Further in, though, Kingdom Come branches out in style: "Hollywood," the duet with Beyoncé, is a jaded take on celebrity culture, while "Minority Report" relives the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with the Bush Administration in the metaphorical sights. Finally, the Coldplay-produced "Beach Chair" concludes the album on a spiritual note, Jay-Z announcing "life is but a dream" as Chris Martin trills like an angel atop echoing drums and distorted, music-box guitar. If you thought it could never work, you were clearly underestimating.--Louis Pattison

Product Description

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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95 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jay-Z's most complicated work November 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Jay-Z had quite a bar to clear with Kingdom Come, a bar he himself set with albums including Reasonable Doubt, Blueprint and Black Album. Some might say that fans expected too much from this set, but it was Jay-Z himself who orchestrated the hype machine by "retiring" and then feeding the streets a verse here and there alluding to his lyrical genius. The question remains, does Jay-Z live up to expectations? I offer an interesting answer for those listening to the album for the first time: Not yet, but he will.

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?'").
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Jay... January 22, 2007
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Format:Audio CD
This is by far his worst album. He's great lyrically, but the beats do no match up at all. Sad that Jay left us with a classic, The Black Album, and comes back with this. The best track he's made this year is on the Nas album, Hip Hop Is Dead. What a shame though...I'm a big Jigga fan but this album was a letdown.

To all the people who like this album, you are out of your mind...this isnt what Jigga's full potential is.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE RETIRE January 14, 2007
By Toma
Format:Audio CD
Hip Hop is dead. What does that mean? You know Run DMC thought the same about hip hop when 2pac and BIG ran the show. Its not dead its just changing. I look at what Jay and Nas doing is as wanting rappers to be like them. Well that aint happenin. Rappers have realized that when you be yourself and be comfortable with being yourself then thats when your career will take off. For example look at TI, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, The Game, 50 Cent(even though I dont care for his music), Jim Jones, and the garbage D4L type groups. These guys are successful because they do what works for them. Its kind of a major statement to say "the game needs me". No the game doesn't, you need the game Jay. My advise is go retire again, he is a much better business man than he is a rapper(can you believe that I once was a fan lol).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jay-Z can do no wrong January 26, 2008
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Jay-Z has gotten a lot of flack for this album, but I still like it. It's definately not his best, but still great. Jay-Z is constantly reinventing himself, and this is a great example of this. People expect this album to be another Reasonable Doubt, but thats not realistic. Jay-Z is no longer on the corner selling drugs or whatever hustle he was doing in Brooklyn. He is now in his thirties and working corporate America, so it only make sense that lyrics reflects his life. I have to say, Jay-Z is the only rapper that can make a whole album about the rich lifestyle and make it this good. This is an album for hip-hop fans, not rap fans. Rapfans just want to hear about guns, sex, money and drugs. Hip-hop fans understand that the music is a reflection life. Maybe i'm just being bias because Jay-Z can do no wrong in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jay-z Kingdom Comes crashing down February 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Alright lets catch up. Jay-z has been making solid albums since Reasonable Doubt but his last solid effort was the Blueprint. He put out the mediocre Black Album supposedly retires, comes back from so-called retirement and gets into beef with who of all people...Jim Jones(Im just as confused as you are about this beef. I could have sworn Cam'ron was the one dissing Jay-z on wax). Now you're up to speed. The only thing that stops Kingdom Come from being a great album is Jay-z. He not only sounds tired but but some of his songs are flat out bland. The only standout tracks are OH MY GOD, KINGDOM COME, LOST ONES, DO YOU WANNA RIDE, MINORITY REPORT(I would have rated it more higher if there were more tracks like this on here) and BEACH CHAIR(even though most people think its pop). The rest of the album is weighed down heavily by these tracks. Filler: 30 Something is a guaranteed snoozer(30's the new 20? Yeah and boring is the new fun), Dig A Hole is the worst subliminal diss Ive heard in years(that beat is crazy though)! Ja rule's love tap diss records at 50 were harder than that. Anything is a classic example of wasting a good beat on a chick record and Hollywood featuring Beyatche' is probably the worst commercial track next to 30 Something. Show Me What You Got had nice production(even though the saxophone riff was jacked from Wreckx-n- effect's Rump Shaker) but Hova's rhymes were so so on the track and Trouble(that beat was sick) could have been a standout track if Jigga didnt fumble the last verse /I'll shoot you lil n****/ you a lil n****/(he said this throughout the third verse. Sad aint it?). Bottom Line: Jay-z's comeback album is lukewarm at best. Oh My God, Kingdom Come, Do U Wanna Ride, Minority Report are all good songs its just that Jigga doesnt sound as good as he did on his first 4 albums. The production was lifeless and Jay-z rhymes sound like rush job poetry. Well.....at least his album is better than his girlfriend Bedussy's album B'day!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
Quietly, this album could make Jay-Z's top 5 records that he has made in his career. The concepts behind the tracks are interesting , and this particular album shows us that Jay... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sonny Goodson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! J's amazing
I have become an alltime fan! I will buy way more J, even the old stuff - anything which I don't have. Thanks.
Published 13 months ago by Ms. Ruth S. Aydelott
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Jay Z's best
This album and "The Black Album" are probably Jay Z's best albums of all time. If you are an old-school Hip Hop fan and if you've even slightly listened to some Jay Z, I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JohnnySwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Jay is the best
I owned every CD that Jay-Z had made and loved them all. He is a great lyricist and I love most of his subject matter. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marcus Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Buy
Great buy. You get 2 for 1 with the CD and DVD. It good to see my man Jay-Z live in concert.
Published on July 5, 2011 by rtucker32408
2.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
Can't stand that soft spoken BS style of rapping that these rappers are using nowadays. It sounds so corny and made for the ladies. Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by Nekrophile
4.0 out of 5 stars Kingdome Come- Jay-Z
Jay-Z's return album. No album before this of his sold more copies in its first week than this one did (an amazing 680,000 copies). Professionals RapReviews, The Observer, The A.V. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Dequan Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars good
its good. i like it. depends on your taste, but i thought it is good. listen for yourself
Published on June 13, 2010 by A. Y.
4.0 out of 5 stars Something For The Radio
Itz a little commerical, but overall a good album. Most of the songs were played on the radio for a while. O the most of the song have amazing beats. Read more
Published on November 24, 2009 by G. H. D. lll
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown man rap...
"Oh, this aint like his old stuff". Really? So they're supposed to all rap about the same things regardless of the life they live at the time right? Great idea!! Read more
Published on September 11, 2009 by Milky
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"I am the Mike Jordan of recordin'"
i agree wit u 100% i love jay-z when he blends swagger, wit hustle, and metaphor's that clinch u'r ears, thats why he is one of the best, but u right i cant feel it wit this album, he should walk down the streets of marcy(i dont think he even mention's brooklyn), starv him self 4 a while, c how... Read More
Nov 15, 2006 by S.C. |  See all 31 posts
jay-z has sold out to the emo kids if you respect rap you wont respect...
Your hella dumb...in case u din't know Fall out boy is on Def Jam and jay got respect for a talented group, but either way at the end of the day jay gets paid off of them
Mar 8, 2007 by Patrick Simmons |  See all 9 posts
Why are so many people saying Kingdom Come is WACK...
The album its self wasn't that great. Just because he came back? The hype was bigger than the album. The album didn't change Hip-Hop, it just kept it the same. And thats the truth.
Dec 6, 2006 by S. Rael |  See all 24 posts
Album leaked (11/12)
Yeah I just got it on Saturday. The LP took me 6 listens to actually like the whole LP. It's definitely worth buying because he is Jay-Z but this is a first for me not to like a Jay-Z album on the first listen. This LP is lukewarm, I rather listen to Blueprint or Reasonable Doubt before... Read More
Nov 11, 2006 by Danielle Vauters |  See all 11 posts
Jay-Z stole that whole "no pad needed... just a beat" style from The...
How can you steal that style? Maybe Big was the first to do it , but you have to be gifted to do it at all .
Jan 14, 2007 by n |  See all 14 posts
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