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Posted by: Dave on November 28, 2006 at 3:38 am

JayZKingdomComeNote: After an extremely active “retirement,” Kingdom Come is Jay-Z’s first studio album in 3 years.
Sound: Over relaxed pimp beats with a couple soulful and freaky outbursts, Jay-Z positions himself as a savior and global ambassador for hip hop.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Minority Report”; “Oh My God”; “Kingdom Come”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Dig A Hole”
Explicit Lyrics*: On pretty much every track. You’ll need the clean version if you’ve got to keep your music FCC-friendly.
Recommended: By “retiring,” Jay-Z suggested that he had lost the need to say anything else on the mic. His mostly complacent boasts on Kingdom Come show that he’s regained little of the hunger, though his Hurricane Katrina reaction “Minority Report” is a notable exception. If you want to hear top notch but mostly safe production and get insight into the life of an entrepreneur, mogul, philanthroper and international traveler, Kingdom Come will deliver…but most of it comes across as a phoned in curtain call from a legend.
Grade: B-

* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.



2 Responses to “Jay-Z Kingdom Come (Roc-A-Fella)”

  1. Ben Says:

    Really, I need more vocal hating out of you critic types. If we don’t find some way to offend Jay-Z, we’ll never get a good album again. I root for him to find frustration in the same way I do for Larry David. Nothing cruel, just enough hassle to get me some awesome material.

  2. Dave Says:

    “Complacent,” “Nothing to say,” and “phoned in” isn’t critical enough for you?

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