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 11-09-2006, 07:44 PM         #1
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Jay-Z makes his long-awaited return to the world of rap later this month and this week Yahoo! Music was one of a select few to hear Kingdom Come.

Below we present a blow-by-blow account of Kingdom Come, which features guest appearances and production from Chris Martin, Kanye West, Usher, Dr. Dre, and Beyonce, among many others.

"Prelude" (produced by Ghettobot)
Intro'd by Pain In Da a.ss, known for vocal skits on earlier Jay-Z records, this is a fine opening salvo with Hova's wordplay customarily quick--he runs a lovely set of puns around the figure "38" referencing his next birthday, gun, and rims. Perfect.

"Oh My God" (produced by Just Blaze)
Apparently delivered just hours before a deadline seemingly imposed by Jay's target of releasing on the 10th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt, rather than sounding rushed, it comes across as incredibly urgent as horns and screaming soul samples are bent to the will of the sampler for pure sonic bravado.

"Kingdom Come" (produced by Just Blaze)
The title track started life as a hastily compiled beat for Just Blaze's MySpace page, chopping up the unlikely choice of Rick James's "Super Freak"--generally considered cursed after forming the foundation of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This." Apparently ?uestlove of the Roots heard it and insisted Jay-Z had to rhyme on it for his comeback.

"Show Me What You Got" (produced by Just Blaze)
The single. There's been some grumbling in some quarters but we like it.

"Lost One" feat Chrissette Michelle (produced by Dr. Dre)
Pretty good track and an obvious single. Marsha from Floetry was originally slated to do the vocal, but Def Jam marketing requirements became somewhat more pressing, it seems.

"Do You Want To Ride" with John Legend (produced by Kanye West)
Really disappointing croon-fest (other than the album, when was the last time Kanye delivered a winner?) The track is set up as a letter to a childhood friend in prison but, as our Def Jam friend explained: "Jay don't do letters, so he did a track."

"30 Something" (produced by Dr. Dre)
Dre on typically infectious form and Jay-Z with a cheeky glint in his eye as he tries to convince the younger generation that "30's the new 20." It'll probably be a single down the line, given its eligibility for video treatment in the style of "Girls, Girls, Girls."

"I Made It" (produced by Dr. Dre)
Another rather mawkish dedication to Moms on which Dr. Dre, amusingly, appears to be lampooning Just Blaze. Interesting to hear him playing with more organic sounds.

"Anything" with Usher & Pharrell (produced by the Neptunes)
"A strip club song," our Def Jam host explained. Or the Neptunes' audition for the next Bubba Sparxxx single. A pretty lame offering for which Usher apparently recorded his vocals in a matter of hours and faxed the track back to Jay-Z's tour bus.

"Hollywood" with Beyonce (produced by Scyience)
A new producer but it's an old sound. Plastered with vocals of enough velocity to give your ears hemorrhoids, courtesy of Beyonce. It's all about the ruins of Hollywood and its awful addictive powers. But, really, Beyonce's chorus is as close as pop music gets to a Gloria Swanson close-up.

"Trouble" (produced by Dr. Dre)
If it didn't say Dre here, you'd swear this was Timbaland, but apparently Timbaland didn't come up with anything that Jay wanted to use this time. An album highlight with a brutal drum clack and near-industrial elements.

"Dig A Hole" with Sterling Simms (produced by Swizz Beatz)
In which Jay adopts a Joe Pesci/Casino approach to his troubles with Cam'ron, featuring more bashing of gongs than Rank Screen Advertising. Does anyone really care about this Cam'ron beef? Wasn't it all because he dissed Jay-Z for wearing sandles??

"Minority Report" with Ne-Yo (produced by Dr. Dre)
Not Dre's finest moment and a ploddingly literal condemnation of the floods in New Orleans from Jay. Perhaps he should stick to boasting about his possessions.

"Beach Chair" with Chris Martin (produced by Chris Martin)
An odd one with fairly thunderous production and minor piano chords performed by Martin. He sings the chorus as well and you have the suspicion that both he and Jay-Z encouraged the engineer to turn everything up in order to drown out their embarrassment.

Kingdom Come is released by Def Jam on November 21.


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82 comments for "Nov 9 - Jay-Z's return revealed [song reviews and producers list included]"

 11 years ago '04        #2
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not a good review..

that only means one thing..

I'm going to love it
 11 years ago '04        #3
jiggamanll 
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Damn they bashing the sh*t out of the album but its to eaches own im sure people will think different once we here it.
 11-09-2006, 07:55 PM         #4
S-DAWG  OP
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sounds like an RnB album to me
 11 years ago '04        #5
DJ Maximum|M 48 heat pts48
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 S-DAWG said:
sounds like an RnB album to me

go listen to ur method man

 11 years ago '04        #6
jigga03 
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Whoever reviewed this is a hatin a.ss dude.
 11 years ago '05        #7
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in that case...can't wait!
 11 years ago '06        #8
illathruz 65 heat pts65
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I'm starting to get Jay-Z oversaturation syndrome
 11-09-2006, 08:09 PM         #9
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 jigga03 said:
Whoever reviewed this is a hatin a.ss dude.
or the albums sucks, dumbass
i really hope not though...
 11 years ago '04        #10
CentsCuZ 19 heat pts19
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The reviewer hated the album.

...and I guess the rumors were true a while back which said that Jay was teaming up with Dre to do the entire album... I realize that Dre didn't do the entire album, but five beats is alot. It makes it seem like when he first started, his intention was to do the entire album.
 11-09-2006, 08:24 PM         #11
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sounds like a horrible album...
 11 years ago '04        #12
Skilllz 1 heat pts
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lol @ Beach Chair..

WTF?
 11-09-2006, 08:36 PM         #13
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i just hope it dont come off wack but i think its gonna be classic hova
 11-09-2006, 08:38 PM         #14
sym007  OP
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ha. yep those rumors were true. i guess when it comes to jiggaman.....those rumors seem to always turn out true.
 11 years ago '04        #15
dc3003 57 heat pts57
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ya horrible album like jay z s last 5 albums,dude is wack, he has like 3 hot verses per album , dudes need to quit saying hes the greatest cause hes not even close,as far as popularity and hollywood and runnin his mouth ya hes up there but as far as rappin lets be real cee lo can murder that cat on 16 any day
 11-09-2006, 08:57 PM         #16
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 skittlez86 said:
or the albums sucks, dumbass
i really hope not though...
prolly not i mean sounds like the reviewer hated on every song but show me what you got
 11 years ago '06        #17
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The people that review these are always hating on albums that go platinum. I predict over 300,000 the first week.

At least he will be Artest.
 11 years ago '04        #18
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 prolific1 said:
not a good review..

that only means one thing..

I'm going to love it


:applause:


so true. eff critics.
 11 years ago '06        #19
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ya horrible album like jay z s last 5 albums,dude is wack, he has like 3 hot verses per album , dudes need to quit saying hes the greatest cause hes not even close,as far as popularity and hollywood and runnin his mouth ya hes up there but as far as rappin lets be real cee lo can murder that cat on 16 any day
go back to listening to Dungeon Family and just shut up, lame...
 11 years ago '06        #20
Storchaveli 94 heat pts94
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Damn. It has Dre ALL over it with a few of his productions labeled as possible "singles." Cant wait to hear this one. Props.
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