Kingdom Come (Jay-Z album)

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Kingdom Come
Studio album by Jay-Z
Released November 21, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Hip hop
Length 59:21
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Producer Jay-Z (Exec.)
Antonio "L.A." Reid (Co-exec.)
Kanye West, B-Money, Just Blaze, Mark Batson, Ne-Yo, DJ Khalil, The Neptunes, Syience, Swizz Beatz, Chris Martin, Dr. Dre
Jay-Z chronology
Collision Course
Kingdom Come
American Gangster
Singles from Kingdom Come
  1. "Show Me What You Got"
    Released: October 10, 2006
  2. "Lost One"
    Released: December 4, 2006
  3. "30 Something"
    Released: January 9, 2007
  4. "Hollywood"
    Released: March 20, 2007

Kingdom Come is the ninth studio album by American rap artist Jay-Z. It was released on November 21, 2006. It was considered a "comeback album" for the established rapper, as 2003's The Black Album was slated to be his final release. Kingdom Come was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album,[1] losing to Kanye West's Graduation at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.[2] The album received generally positive reviews and was commercial success, selling about 680,000 copies in its first week, making it Jay-Z's highest selling album within a one-week period. Many of the CD pressings were released in a transparent red jewel case.

Despite its commercial success and positive reviews, in 2013, Jay-Z ranked all of his studio albums and consequently considers Kingdom Come to be his worst album.[3]


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 the name of Shawn Carter, but decided in the end to release it under his more-famous stage name. 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 Knowles.

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.

Baseball star Carl Crawford uses "Dig a Hole" as one of his entrance songs when he comes up to bat. Fox used an instrumental version of "Oh My God" in a promo leading up to the 6th season premiere of 24. The title track "Kingdom Come" was not released as an official single but still received high enough digital sales in the U.S. to peak at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100,[4] and #99 on the Pop 100.[5] The Dr. Dre's produced track "Minority Report" received a MTV video. It was dedicated to the victims of Katrina.

The album's name was influenced by Jay-Z's production engineer Young Guru who is an avid comic book fan. Young Guru told Jay-Z of a comic book and graphic novel called Kingdom Come in which an aged Superman comes out of retirement to show the younger generation of super heroes how to be "real heroes". In contrast, hip hop as a whole was considered dead and Jay-Z was to make a come back and save hip hop and influence the newest generation of rappers. This is evidenced by the song "Kingdom Come" in which Jay-Z makes references to Superman, Clark Kent, Batman, and Spider-Man.


  • The lead single from Kingdom Come was the Just Blaze produced "Show Me What You Got". It was released in late October 2006, and was a major 'comeback' single for Jay-Z, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100. It was his first solo top-ten hit since 2004's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder". It also charted at #4 on the US rap charts, and #3 on the hip-hop charts.
  • "Lost One" was the second single from the album, released in December 2006, features Chrisette Michele. It was nowhere near as successful as the previous single, only peaking at #58 on the US Charts. However, it was somewhat successful on the Hot Rap Tracks, peaking at #10.
  • The third single, "30 Something" was released on January 8, 2007. It also performed moderately on the US Rap charts, peaking at #13. However, it was a commercial failure on the Hot 100, not even charting there; instead, it bubbled under at #7.
  • The Beyoncé assisted "Hollywood" was released as the fourth and final single from Kingdom Come shortly after the third single, "30 Something", on January 23, 2007. It was slightly more successful than the previous single on the Hot 100, reaching a peak of 99. However, on the US rap and hip-hop charts, it was less successful, reaching a peak of only 21 and 56, respectively.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[7]
The A.V. Club B+[8]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[10]
The New York Times (mixed)[11]
The Observer 5/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media (5.0/10)[13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[15]
The Village Voice (mixed)[16]

Kingdom Come opened up to generally positive reviews. It currently holds an average score of 69/100 on the website aggregator Metacritic. Andy Kellman of AllMusic wrote: "...the album is a display of complacency and retreads — a gratuitous, easily resistible victory lap — that very slightly upgrades the relative worth of The Blueprint²."[7] Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Four duds out of 14 tracks isn't a fireable offense. But shouldn't the corner-office mogul demand more of his top earner?"[9]

The album was a commercial success, with 680,000 copies sold in its first week of release. This also made it Jay-Z's highest selling album within one week. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. As of December 14, 2006, the album has been certified double platinum in the United States.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Prelude"   B-Money 2:44
2. "Oh My God"   Just Blaze 4:17
3. "Kingdom Come"   Just Blaze 4:23
4. "Show Me What You Got"   Just Blaze 3:43
5. "Lost One" (featuring Chrisette Michele) Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 3:44
6. "Do U Wanna Ride" (featuring John Legend) Kanye West 5:29
7. "30 Something"   Dr. Dre 4:13
8. "I Made It"   DJ Khalil 3:25
9. "Anything" (featuring Usher & Pharrell) The Neptunes 4:21
10. "Hollywood" (featuring Beyoncé) Syience, Ne-Yo 4:17
11. "Trouble"   Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 4:53
12. "Dig a Hole" (featuring Sterling Simms) Swizz Beatz 4:11
13. "Minority Report" (featuring Ne-Yo) Dr. Dre 4:33
14. "Beach Chair" (featuring Chris Martin) Chris Martin 5:08
Limited edition

A limited edition version of the vinyl record was only released in the UK and Ireland. It features not only the bonus track "44 Fours", but also a live concert of Jay-Z in Britain and the making and behind the scenes footage of several videos. There was also a limited special edition released in the U.S. that was available as the original explicit and an edited or clean version. This version contained the original album, and a bonus DVD with concert footage. It came packaged in a slip case, with a booklet that contained an exclusive cover.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Doctor's Advocate by The Game
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 3, 2006 - December 9, 2006
Succeeded by
Light Grenades by Incubus

See also[edit]


  1. ^ List of Grammy Award Nominess. Retrieved on 2011-5-10.
  2. ^ Grammy Award Winner 2008. Retrieved on 2011-5-10.
  3. ^ Johnson, Billy (2011-04-20). "4 Reasons Why Jay Z Considers ‘Kingdom Come’ His Worst Album | Yahoo Music - Yahoo Music". Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  4. ^ Billboard Hot 100 chart listing for Kingdom Come,
  5. ^ Pop 100 chart listing for Kingdom Come,
  6. ^ "Jay-Z Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2006-11-21. 
  7. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Rabin, Nathan. "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Endelman, Michael. "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (November 17, 2006). "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". London: The Guardian. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (November 19, 2006). "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ Wilkinson, Carl (November 12, 2006). "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". London: The Observer. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ Macia, Peter. "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ Sheffield, Rob. "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ Jones, Preston (November 22, 2006). "Jay-Z: Kingdom Come | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ Lewis, Miles Marshall. "Kingdom Come - Jay-Z > Review". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. 2006-12-22. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  18. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for November 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
  19. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for November 2006

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