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||ExplicitShow Me What You Got||JAY Z||3:43||$1.29||View in iTunes|
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||ExplicitDo U Wanna Ride||JAY Z||5:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Explicit30 Something||JAY Z||4:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitI Made It||JAY Z||3:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnything||JAY Z||4:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHollywood||JAY Z||4:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrouble||JAY Z||4:53||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDig a Hole||JAY Z||4:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMinority Report||JAY Z||4:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBeach Chair||JAY Z||5:08||$1.29||View in iTunes|
After three years of running Def Jam’s “business, man” and the occasional, often uninspired cameo, Jay-Z returns with a strong stack of beats and rhymes. Oh, and attitude – he has read The Art of War, after all. Kingdom Come brings plenty of wisdom of the sort that even Jack Welch might learn from. Especially “Y’all respect the one who got shot, I respect the shooter” (from “30 Something”). Despite that and the expected nods to Scarface and GoodFellas, however, Jay’s true state of mind seems attuned to a certain caution; he’s glad to pass on what he knows, but he isn’t really here to stir stuff up. “Oh My God” references his world tour and the social consciousness it tweaked, even acknowledging that his lyrical topics are somewhat limited. (It’ll be interesting to hear what he has to say after he’s further digested his recent experiences “down in Africa.”) But his ebullience and flow are still on, as if he’s relieved to be back to the real calling after long days at the office.
I see what Hov's doing, but..
Well...1st, let me say...I'm a Jay-Z fan, but moreso, I'm a fan of the music. I live hip hop and have been for many years. Brooklyn born and bred, I feel like an even bigger supporter of Hov and his music... With that said...Overall, I think t his album is better than most other albums at the time, and in the past. I DO feel a tad-bit dissapointed...but my dissapointment is selfish. I was expecting a Jay-Z album full of straight BANGERS...like "PSA" or "Show You How..." I wanted Jay to come back with a furious vengance...with ridiculous beats, and crazy-fire rhymes. Needless to say, this album isn't that. It's an album that definitely reflects where Jay is right now. He's a hustler, turned rapper, turned MOGUL...and you can't expect a MOGUL to say certain things and participate in certain aspects of the hip hop culture...or the RAP culture... This is a MATURE Jay-Z. This album is not for teenie-boppers, or immateur hip hop heads. This is for the champaigne sippers...for the blazer wearers...not necessarily the skeleton-hoodie-wearers. This album is for the hip hop heads that listened to Big Daddy Kane and Poor Righteous Teachers. Lyrically, Jay-Z is at his best on this album. His metaphors are ridiculous...Listen to Beach Chair...there are some lines on there, that I'm still trying to decipher...Listen to Hollywood...Yes, it's radio friendly, but he's saying some THANGS on it...Listen to Lost One...And for those that want the Jay-Z from 1998 - 2000...listen to Dig A Hole, where he brings it to certain INDIVIDUALS in hip hop... Overall, I like the album...I think it's solid. I think it's different, and people won't REALLY feel it for another 4-6 months...Mark my words...
Perfect - HOV's Kingdom is Here
Jay-z truly has come back, defying his claims of his retirement and he has came back from his abscence of the rap game with a truly great album. The album has amazing beats produced by the likes of DJ Khalil, the Neptunes, Swizz Beats and Just Blaze. Jay-Z gives a flow very much unparalleled, but we'll see what Nas comes out with later this winter. Jay-Z is accompanied by great artists such as John Legend, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Beyonce and Chris Martin. Yes, the man from Coldplay. Jay-Z talks more than about the typical rap issues about girls, cars and cash, which he does, but he adds more about the streets and the struggle, such as the song Lost Ones, but he still isn't an Immortal Technique or Talib Kweli, in terms of content. The ratings are: - Oh My God (8/10): Typical Jay-Z flow over a respectable beat - Kingdom Come (8.5/10): Very good beat and catchy chorus that delivers - Show Me What You Got (6.5/10): Weakest song on the whole album - Lost One (10/10): Best song on the whole album, great flow by Jay-Z and guest appearance by Dr. Dre, as well as very good chorus, the gem of the album - Do U Wanna Ride (8/10): Great collaboration w/ John Legend, but song doesn't really fit with Legend's style - 30 Something (8.5/10): Still bragging about his cash and materialistic goods, but whatever we are not expecting Jedi Mind Tricks, but good song w/Dr. Dre - I Made It (7.5/10): Very good song about how he came on up the game and his childhood and his struggle - Anything (8.5/10) - Great apperance by Usher and Pharell, and nice exotic beat by the Neptunes - Hollywood (7.5/10) - Nice flow but akward beat and I don't want to hear Beyonce on this album - Trouble (9.5/10) - One of the best on the album, the beat is amazing and Dre delivers once again - Dig a Hole (9.5/10) - Wow, the beat is truly spectacular and Jay-Z really brings the heat with this one - Minority Report (9/10) - Speaking from his heart, great flow, lyrics and beat - Beach Chair (10/10) - Collabo w/ Chris Martin, very unique and not seen often, but they pulled it off - Overall 9/10, 4.5 stars, classic album
Immature need not apply!!!
Ok….I usually don’t write reviews because really I don’t see how people could possible care what I have to say. With that being said I will start by saying that I am 32 years old, have a family, I own a home and 3 cars. I have bills and hold down a career. I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!! Most that give this 1 star are not in that bracket, This is NOT for the Chicken Noodle Soup crowd!!! This album is for individuals who GREW UP with Hov from Reasonable Doubt on up. From the beginning he establishes his dominance on track after track and for the record Oh My God is Crazy. Just Blaze shows his ability to gel with the best by providing an extremely complex track. Listen to what is being said. If you cannot relate or you want to hear about ice, cars, hoes and the sort then don’t by it. If you want a re-education and instruction manual on how to grow up and finally need an excuse to get away from the ignorance that is rampant in our community then Buy This and LISTEN to it.
Born: December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s