Kingdom Come (Jay-Z album)
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|Released||November 21, 2006|
|Singles from Kingdom Come|
Kingdom Come is the ninth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on November 21, 2006, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. 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.
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
|The A.V. Club||B+|
|Los Angeles Times|||
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." He praised the song "Minority Report" writing "It's the only song on Kingdom Come that offers any real insight into the unique position Jay-Z is in, and possibly the only one that anyone will care to remember." 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 10th anniversary, Preezy Brown from Vibe write an article about the album and said: "Kingdom Come was stacked to the brim with all of the bells and whistles to compensate for any rust on the part of Hov, but ultimately would not be enough to mask the album's blemishes." They singled out "The Prelude" ("One of the superior intros in Hov's catalog, "The Prelude" is a great first impression"), "Lost Ones" ("one of the more heartfelt and transparent tunes of his career"), "Do U Wanna Ride" ("an open letter to former street associate-turned-inmate Emory Jones, Jay Z shows glimpses of the greatness that set him apart"), "I Made It" ("Another brief moment of brilliance on Kingdom Come, which is dedicated to the accomplishment of his mama proud") and the last two songs, "Minority Report" (one of the more unsung compositions in Jay Z's career and a stellar example of his underrated social commentary") and "Beach Chair" (an intense sonic affair that finds Jay Z reflecting on his past, present, and future, and is among the best work found on his first post-retirement album) as highlights. He said "both of which see Hov venturing outside of his comfort zone with favorable results."
The song Minority Report received further notice from hip-fans fans and critics alike especially for its production and its message. Mitch Findlay from hnhh said: "While Kingdom Come as an album is oft-maligned, largely viewed as a mediocre comeback album, there are some gems to be found. The best of which is Minority Report, an elegiac reflection on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Jay is at his most somber, spitting poetry rich with images, lamenting the mistreatment from government and former Commander-In-Chief George Bush. The pattern of A-List producers continues with Dr. Dre at the boards, and Ne-yo closes off the track with a haunting, powerful refrain - “seems like we don’t even care”." The Spin staff also singled out the song as one of the highlists on the album: "It’s not the best track to listen to on a purely aesthetic basis, with Jay rapping in a stilted flow over a plodding piano beat. But the song stands out for both its incisiveness and its honesty." and called it "one of his most interesting bits of rapping ever".
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.
|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)||3:44|
|6.||"Do U Wanna Ride" (featuring John Legend)||West||5:29|
|7.||"30 Something"||Dr. Dre||4:13|
|8.||"I Made It"||DJ Khalil||3:25|
|9.||"Anything" (featuring Usher and Pharrell)||The Neptunes||4:21|
|10.||"Hollywood" (featuring Beyoncé)||4:17|
|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)||5:08|
|Limited edition bonus track|
|15.||"44 Fours" (Live from Radio City Music Hall)||3:35|
|Bonus disc – live from Radio City Music Hall|
|1.||"Politics as Usual"||4:17|
|2.||"Can't Knock the Hustle" (featuring Beyoncé)||6:34|
|3.||"Can I Live"||5:00|
- "The Prelude" contains a sample of "Keep the Faith" by Mel & Tim.
- "Oh My God" contains a sample of "Whipping Post" by Genya Ravan.
- "Kingdom Come" contains samples of "Super Freak" by Rick James and "100 Guns" by Boogie Down Productions.
- "Show Me What You Got" contains samples of "Shaft in Africa" by Johnny Pate, "Show 'Em Whatcha Got" by Public Enemy, "Darkest Light" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band and "Rump Shaker" by Wreckx-n-Effect.
- "Minority Report" contains a sample of "Non Ti Scordar Di Me" by Luciano Pavarotti.
- "44 Fours" contains a sample of "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest.
- Jason Agel – assistant engineer
- Kenneth "Bam" Alexander – drums
- June Ambrose – stylist
- Angelo Aponte – engineer
- B-Money – production
- Mark Batson – keyboards, producer
- Beyoncé – featured vocals (track 10)
- David Brown – engineer, tracking
- Jonny Buckland – guitar
- Tim Carr – assistant
- Chrisette Michele – featured artist (track 5)
- Sean Cruse – bass, guitar
- Tony Dawsey – mastering
- Andrew Dawson – engineer
- Dr. Dre – production
- Larrance Dopson – piano
- Lamar Edwards – Hammond organ
- Jacob Gabriel – assistant engineer
- Jay-Z – primary artist, executive producer
- Terese Joseph – A&R
- Doug Joswick – package production
- Just Blaze – production, drums, keyboards, mixing, producer
- John Legend – featured artist (track 6)
- Ari Levine – assistant engineer
- Anthony Mandler – photography
- Louis Marino – creative director
- Chris Martin – featured artist (track 14)
- Medi Med – engineer
- Shaun Mykals – vox organ
- Ne-Yo – featured artist (track 13)
- The Neptunes – production
- Dawaun Parker – keyboards
- Che Pope – keyboards
- Robert "Roomio" Reyes – assistant engineer
- Daniel Seeff – bass
- Sterling Simms – featured artist (track 12)
- Swizz Beatz – producer
- Usher – featured artist (track 9)
- Patrick Viala – mixing
- Kanye West – production
- Ryan West – engineer, mixing
- Pharrell Williams – featured artist (track 9)
- Dontae Winslow – arranger, horn, organ, vox organ, Wurlitzer
- Mashica Winslow – arranger
|Canadian Albums Chart||6|
|Dutch Albums Chart||71|
|French Albums Chart||79|
|German Albums Chart||76|
|Italian Albums Chart||67|
|Swedish Albums Chart||45|
|Swiss Albums Chart||17|
|UK Albums Chart||35|
|US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||1|
|US Billboard Top Rap Albums||1|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,510,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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