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Kingdom Come (Jay Z album)

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Released  November 21, 2006
Artist  Jay Z
Label  Roc-A-Fella Records
Length  59:21
Release date  21 November 2006
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Producer  Jay-Z (exec.) Antonio "L.A." Reid (co-exec.) Dr. Dre Just Blaze Kanye West B-Money Mark Batson Ne-Yo DJ Khalil The Neptunes Syience Swizz Beatz Chris Martin
Kingdom Come (2006)  American Gangster (2007)
Nominations  Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, BET Hip Hop Award for CD of the Year
Genres  Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
Similar  Jay Z albums, Hip hop music albums

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Kingdom Come is the ninth studio album by American rapper Jay Z. It was released on November 21, 2006, by Roc-A-Fella Records. It was considered a "comeback album" for the rapper, as 2003's The Black Album was promoted as his final release. Kingdom Come received generally lukewarm reviews but was a commercial success, selling 680,000 copies in its first week, while earning Jay-Z a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. He has since considered it to be his worst album.

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Background

Kingdom Come was the first Jay-Z album released since 2003's The Black Album, which had been widely hyped as Jay-Z's "retirement" album. The video for that album's hit single "99 Problems" had ended with Jay-Z going down in a hail of gunfire. Jay-Z stated in interviews that that scene represented the "death" of Jay-Z and the "rebirth" of Shawn Carter. Because of this, Jay-Z had originally planned to release Kingdom Come under his real name of Shawn Carter, but decided in the end to release it under his more-famous stage name Jay-Z. The album's second single, "Lost One" (produced by Dr. Dre) addresses Jay's split with Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash, the death of his nephew, and supposedly his relationship with singer Beyoncé.

Past collaborators Kanye West and particularly Just Blaze made significant contributions to the album's production. This is the first time Dr. Dre has played a substantial role in a Jay-Z album, as he produced four beats and mixed every song on the album. Relatively unknown newcomers B-Money, Syience, and DJ Khalil also contributed to the album's production, as well as Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. Kingdom Come's opening track "The Prelude" features additional vocals from Pain in da Ass who featured on some of Jay Z's earlier album introductions, impersonating characters from films such as Scarface, Goodfellas, and Carlito's Way.

Release and reception

Kingdom Come was released by Roc-A-Fella Records on November 21, 2006, to generally lukewarm reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 67, based on 23 reviews. According to Pitchfork journalist Peter Macia, "the early consensus on Kingdom Come [was] that it's one of Jay-Z's worst albums." Reviewing the record for Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield said "the highs are really high, and the lows are really low", particularly applauding the title track and "Trouble" while finding "Beach Chair" especially awful. Nathan Rabin wrote in The A.V. Club that contrary to the hype leading up to its release, Kingdom Come was "just another solid album" from a rapper who now "succeeds on craft and hard-won experience rather than hunger", finding it devoid of the urgent sense his previous records displayed. Robert Christgau gave it an honorable mention in his MSN Music consumer guide, naming "30 Something" and "Minority Report" as highlights while writing that Jay-Z was enjoying "the pleasures of going legit". In The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh deemed Kingdom Come an intriguing but "halfway successful" attempt by "a grown-up rapper trying to make a grown-up album". AllMusic editor Andy Kellman was more critical, dismissing the record as "a display of complacency and retreads — a gratuitous, easily resistible victory lap — that very slightly upgrades the relative worth of The Blueprint²." Jay-Z later considered it to be his worst album.

In the first week of release, Kingdom Come sold 680,000 copies and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. It was the ninth album of Jay-Z's career to top the chart and tied him for third with the Rolling Stones for most American number-one albums. On December 14, it was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Kingdom Come was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award in the category of Best Rap Album; the award was won by Kanye West for his 2007 album Graduation. In August 2009, Kingdom Come reached sales of 1,510,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Track listing

Samples credits
  • "The Prelude" contains a sample of "Keep the Faith" performed by Mel & Tim.
  • "Oh My God" contains a sample of "Whipping Post" performed by Genya Ravan.
  • "Kingdom Come" contains samples of * "Super Freak" by Rick James and "100 Guns" performed by Boogie Down Productions.
  • "Show Me What You Got" contains samples of "Shaft in Africa" performed by Johnny Pate, "Show 'Em Whatcha Got" performed by Public Enemy, "Darkest Light" performed by Lafayette Afro Rock Band and "Rump Shaker" performed by Wreckx-n-Effect.
  • "Minority Report" contains a sample of "Non ti scordar di me" performed by Luciano Pavarotti.
  • "44 Fours" contains a sample of "Can I Kick It?" performed by A Tribe Called Quest.
  • Songs

    1The Prelude2:44
    2Oh My God4:18
    3Kingdom Come4:24

    References

    Kingdom Come (Jay-Z album) Wikipedia


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