Jay-Z
Kingdom Come


3.5
great

Review

by midpoints USER (1 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2006 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although not at the top of his game, Jay-Z's first post-retirement album is still a solid effort. Gone is the edge and in it's place is a cool maturity.

Just three months ago I recall sitting at my desk, on my computer and reading the first rumours of the impossible occurring. It was alleged to have three different titles and three different release dates by three different sources. Soon after, the shroud of mystery began to slide back and the truth poked its head out. The impossible was about to occur: Jay-Z was coming out of retirement with a new album. Clearly, my excitement was difficult to contain. The Michael Jordan case(s) aside, how often does the best ever there ever was decide to quit and come back?

I suppose I should have expected a cheesy opening monologue. But as the opening notes unfolded from my stereo, something rather unexpected occurred: I was bored. Like a kid unwrapping socks at Christmas, I was shocked and disappointed. Me and Hov were off to a rocky start so far, but then like finding a wad of Benjamins inside those socks, the second track alleviated any fears. Sampling the classic Allman Brothers Band song Whipping Post, the song Oh My God's beat pops like a one-two punch. His energy is as powerful as it ever has been. But despite the fire of songs like Oh My God, Show Me What You Got, and Trouble, gone is some of the edge that made Jay-Z famous.

This may be for the best. The man has had ten years on the scene and has re-invented himself with each album to some degree. This album sees a large departure from the feel of previous albums like The Black Album and The Blueprint. The lyrics reflect the sad fact that Jay-Z is in his late 30s, incredibly reach and is running out of enemies. There is much less aggression and even though it would be overkill to have every song pull an audible knife on the listener, the album lacks anything comparable to songs like Takeover or Threats. The only thing that comes close is Dig A Hole, in which says "I give em enough rope/they put themselves in the air/ I just kick the chair" and a chorus with the order to "Dig a hole/ bury yourself". Threatening? Maybe. Lazy? Just a touch. Rather than staring the enemy in the face, he almost seems to think that he has become so big that enemies just die on their own. Maybe I just miss the Jay-Z who had to fight to get to the top.

At least he can not be accused of not progressing as an artist. Like it or not, this is a step in a new direction. That direction just happens to be an aging rapper trying to reinvent himself. But its not all bad. The album, though different overall is well done. It has a fair share of surprises like Anything which features Usher and Pharrell. When I hear of that collaboration, I thought that there was no way they could fail. I was wrong. It is actually one of the least original and developed songs on the album. But when I heard that Jay-Z would have a song featuring Chris Martin, I quietly snickered to myself. I love Coldplay and Jay-Z but at the time I thought that there could not have been a more misguided and hopeless collaboration. Much to my surprise, their song, Beach Chair (which even sounds lame), is one of the best and most progressive songs on the album.

As relaxed and passive as the album is at times, it is still the best ever doing his thing. In most cases, the relaxed feel translates to a slow grove, and only rarely results in boredom. Its certainly no Black Album or Blueprint, but overall I really enjoy this album. Some fans will undoubtedly reject this for the reasons I've discussed, but the album represents a new Hov. And a new, if not perfectly realized, direction by Jay-Z is still better than most others can ever hope to achieve. Take him or leave him, he is still the best.


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Oddsen
December 24th 2006


1127 Comments


Really good review for a first. It was somewhat short descriptive ect.

Shiggy
December 24th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jay z fo life!

The Jungler
December 24th 2006


4827 Comments


Great review, I don't see myself getting this anytime soon, but that single was pretty damn cool.

capuletino
December 24th 2006


3 Comments


Nice review on Jay-Z. Nice start to the review too. Even though it was too descriptive at the start, but it fits it nicely how good Jay-Z is.

Good Job

Brain Dead
January 31st 2007


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Calling Jay-Z the best rapper ever is asinine.

Angmar
January 31st 2007


2689 Comments


brain deads back!!!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2007


17920 Comments


Calling Jay-Z the best rapper ever is asinine.

or maybe opinion. if you're gonna come back and make stupid comments like that, you might as well go back to whatever you were doing.

axemexa
April 24th 2007


22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was let down at first, but this song has some great songs, and unfortunately, some forgettable ones.

He's at his best and his worst here. It's overall good for him, but great compared to everyone else.

bigfave
November 26th 2007


32 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album reached #1 purely on his name, prior albums, and just plain ol' slobbin on his knob. This is hardely good. His singles were garbage (especially "Show Me What You Got"). This album had about 4 good songs the rest of this album was trash...I'm ashamed jay-z put this album on the level of a Jim Jones album.

JMT135
March 18th 2008


17 Comments


Jay-Z's released worse stuff than "Show Me What You Got", if you don't believe me, listen to "Girls, Girls, Girls", and anything on Blueprint 2.

However, The Neptunes did mess up this album, seriously. I was amazingly disappointed.

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 18th 2008


3742 Comments


this isn't good at all.

InsertTacosHere
May 13th 2008


153 Comments


Not a bad review at all. Favorite Jay Z album. The Katrina song is damn powerful.

dub sean
May 13th 2008


980 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree with Hep Kat.

Much missing here.

MUNGOLOID
May 20th 2008


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is dissapointing lyrically but the music saves is from being bad. Mediocre at best but still better than alot of other rappers shit today.

Ouch
May 20th 2008


546 Comments


^ Agreed.

michaelbchnn
September 29th 2008


41 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was average.

ninjuice
September 29th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed, but not bad enough to be a 2. At least "Oh My God", "Show Me What You Got" and the title track are good songs.

hoipolloi
April 16th 2010


152 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

kingdom come is a good track and there isn't much else on here but its not terrible

Dunpeal
July 14th 2010


3689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0



will release more albums

Counterfeit
February 3rd 2011


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the beats on this are just ill



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