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  • Summary: Forget retirement. The legendary rapper and Def Jam head has resurfaced after a three-year hiatus, with an album that finds him joined by some of the biggest names in hip-hop (Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West) and alt-rock (Coldplay's Chris Martin).
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. While many will no doubt have set the bar of their expectations too high, Jay-Z has pulled out all of the stops on Kingdom Come.
  2. Kingdom Come follows the same sturdy formula as The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt, and The Blueprint, with a minimum of guests, a reasonable running time, and trendy beats from top producers. But the urgency just isn't there.
  3. People who hate the venality and misogyny of modern mainstream rap will find this a particularly joyless experience, but this unwavering and energising disc at least has the courage of its convictions and makes the immediate competition look like the mealy mouthed twats they are.
  4. On Kingdom Come, the highs are really high, and the lows are really low.
  5. Kingdom Come is exactly the kind of rote product Jay-Z seemed to want to avoid when he "retired": It's a victory lap without a victory, a rare instance of a rap superstar blowing his own horn and yet sounding half-hearted about it.
  6. 60
    He never quite rises to this lofty occasion, and without anything to prove other than that he can come back whenever he pleases, he reverts to gloating. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.81]
  7. Jay proves that, yes, he really has nothing more to say except to state the fact that he's back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 49
  2. Negative: 10 out of 49
  1. MusicLover
    Oct 21, 2007
    10
    Jay-Z definitely gets a little more experimental on this album. He's got those casino-type beats & a cool collaboration with Chris Jay-Z definitely gets a little more experimental on this album. He's got those casino-type beats & a cool collaboration with Chris Martin. Lyrically, he ranges from topics like Hurricane Katrina & his nephew to Hollywood & getting older. This album really brings Jay-Z back into the game after his "retirement". I don't know if American Gangster will be this good, but I hope so. Expand
  2. TiffanyC
    Nov 29, 2006
    10
    I bet it takes alot of energy to be a hater!
  3. J-MAN
    May 4, 2007
    9
    Rap album of the year! Not the Black Album, but definitely tighter than ANYTHING else ANYONE else is doing in hip hop. Great Album.
  4. ZackD
    Nov 22, 2006
    8
    It isn't Reasonable Doubt or Blueprint but who really expected that anyway. What it is though is a good CD especially given today's It isn't Reasonable Doubt or Blueprint but who really expected that anyway. What it is though is a good CD especially given today's current state of Hip Hop. The four Dr.Dre produced tracks are highlights. Dre and Hova? For that alone it's worth the $10. Expand
  5. NelsonP
    Dec 23, 2006
    6
    Nas' Hip Hop is Dead got delayed for this??? Please.........
  6. TantoI
    Dec 22, 2006
    5
    You know how Chris Rock said he used debate who was better, Prince or Michael Jackson...well the same debate could be made as to who the best You know how Chris Rock said he used debate who was better, Prince or Michael Jackson...well the same debate could be made as to who the best emcee is, Nas or Jay-z. Looks like Nas takes the "comeback" round. Expand
  7. johnb
    Jan 3, 2007
    0
    purely sucked the toe jam from between my toes. i cant believe how bad he got. i never liked him that much but i did respect his music, but purely sucked the toe jam from between my toes. i cant believe how bad he got. i never liked him that much but i did respect his music, but now the whole package is missing. Expand

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