The Passion of the Weiss

Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick. But most of the time, I don't rhyme.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jay-Z's Kingdom Come or Ya' Boy is Wack

There's a moment at the minute and 45 second mark of Kingdom Come's 10th track when the album's problems become abundantly clear. The song in question, "Hollywood" is ostensibly an attack on Hollywood and its ability to swallow souls. It features Beyonce on the hook. It is excruciatingly boring. But in the midst of the track's listlessness, Jay-Z brags about how cool it is that he's "friends with Chris and Gwyneth." With one fell stroke, one truly sees the insider he's become. The man who'd embodied the spirit of an honest man living outside the law had become the consummate "celebrity," complete with a basketball franchise, an R&B superstar girlfriend and a corner office at Def Jam. These things are all well and good for Sean Carter but not for Jay-Z, a rapper suddenly without soul and edge. With Kingdom Come not only has Jay-Z delivered his worst album yet, he's also invented a new genre of hip-hop: socialite rap.

Speculation leading up to release of Kingdom Come had centered around what sort of form the comeback would take, whether we'd see Jay looking like Jordan in the 45, or the succesful but humbled Washington Wizard. The answer is neither. Jordan on the Wizards averaged 20 ppg. This is akin to Willie Mays stumbling around in the outfield for the New York Mets, a shell of his former self. Throughout the 59 minute running time, Jay-Z's flow has never been more torpid, his wordplay so lazy, his ideas so rehashed and trite.

With Kingdom Come, Jay-Z has turned in the winning entry in 2006's annual Wyclef Jean Award (Rap Albums for people who don't like Rap). Everything feels sanitized and corporate, as though Jay was afraid to say anything that might embarass him in the new upper-crust circles that he presumably inhabits. After all, what would Chris and Gwyneth think? God forbid one offends Martin's sensitive free trade-loving sensibilities.
Fall Out Boy: Once Again Proving That Everything They Touch Turns to Suck
You didn't need to see a picture of Jay-Z and Fall Out Boy to see that he was past his prime (though it helped.) Rap is a young man's art form, whose best albums all seem to have come from people who sound fierce and hungry to stake their claim. Jay-Z's career would seem to follow that statement to a tee, as he's followed a perfect pattern of following brilliant albums with ho-hum cliche laden bricks. Without Nas, Jay would've never turned in the legacy-stamping 5 mic instant classic Blueprint. Without the retirement plans, The Black Album would've carried a bit less meaning. Until we get to Kingdom Come, which has none.

This isn't the portrait of an artist as a young man. This is the portrait of him as the man who owns the world but has nothing left to say. "The Prelude" kicks off the album with a boring and ridiculous clip of a man babbling about "setting the corporate world on its ear." Edgy. As it strolls awkwardly on, Jay-Z asks us to "guess who's back", tells us he's a "hustler disguised as a rapper," and tells us that he "used to think rapping at 38 was ill until last year he grossed $38 mill." I could've made this album with a Jay-Z cliche generator machine (now probably Jay-Z endorsed and sold at Toys R' Us. Roc-a-fella y'all.)

The next track, the Just Blaze produced "Oh My God" seems a direct copy of the "U Don't Know" beat that he'd given Jay on Blueprint. Except now neither the rapper nor the sonics sound fresh. Never before has Jay-Z been so sloppy with words, dropping tired similes like "I'm Ruthless like Ice Cube," or as hopelessly old-sounding when he makes My Chemical Romance references (I kid you not). Unlike misfires like Roc La Familia and Hard Knock Life Vol. 2 that suffered from mediocre beats, the slickly produced Kingdom Come's faults lie solely with Jay-Z himself.

Odds of Chris Martin Calling Him Jigga: 0.001 %
The album veers directionless into the three singles previously floating around the Internet: the abominable Budweiser jingle "Show Me What You Got" and the good on first listen, boring on the second, monotony of "Kingdom Come" and "Lost Ones." In particular, "Lost Ones" features perhaps Jay-Z most weak simile of all time, as he describes a relationship as "splitting up like Ben and J. Lo." Where's Jay getting his subject matter from these days? The copies of US Weekly that Beyonce leaves lying around?

On "Do U Wanna Ride?" Jay-Z makes the perfunctory "for the ladies" track, getting John Legend to sing the hook. Despite his efforts Legend ends up sounding more like the black version of Adam "Maroon 5" Levine than he does Stevie Wonder (who I imagine he's trying to be). I don't even want to mention the other "for the ladies track," the Usher and Pharell featuring "Anything." It makes "Change Clothes" look like "Like a Rolling Stone."

The album's only really strong song is the Dr. Dre-produced "Trouble" where Jay-Z shows flashes of the brilliance that characterized his earlier career. But despite these snippets of his old self, "Trouble" seems like a trite re-working of "Threat." Plus, he uses the phrase "Angelina Joleezie."

Louis XIV Asking Jay-Z If He Likes Their "Gay Paralegal" Costumes
Hearing Kingdom Come, I couldn't help but compare it to the Game's album, and not just because they share an almost identical roster of producers (Kanye West, Just Blaze, DJ Khahlil, and whoever actually does Dr. Dre's beats). The comparison is also valid due to both men's incessant name-dropping. Where the Game seems obsessed with West Coast Rap Legends and shoes, Jay-Z wants you to know what celebrities he knows, what sorts of polite circles he traffics in and what name-brands he's able to buy. Truth be told, I'll take another boring Eazy E reference anyday than having to hear Jay complain about being spotted by "paparazzi in the lobby of his high-rise." Whereas, Game sounded vulnerable and angry to prove himself, Jay-Z seems smug and self-satisfied, content with his lot in life.

As the album crashes tediously to an end, Jay-Z tries to go conscious, offering up the beyond-tame Bush administration critique of "Minority Report." Truth be told, the song is so vanilla that it makes "American Idiot" seem like "Fuck tha' Police." But it's the hollow and empty final track, the Chris Martin aided "Beach Chair" that reveals the album's Coldplay-esque sterility. Despite its initially cool-sounding piano keys and thunderous drums, "Beach Chair" features some of the most inane lyrics Jay-Z has ever spit. It's chorus reads: "Life is but a beach chair." Perhaps one of the most meaningless statements ever uttered. He brags that he's never "been on Myspace because he's too busy letting his voice vibrate." Was this supposed to be his entry in 17 magazine's poetry competition?

Will Jay-Z remain one of the greatest rappers of all time? Of course, he will. This album won't change the fact that Reasonable Doubt and the Blueprint are practically perfect. But it will be an unneccesary blemish on an otherwise stellar career. This album won't be played until kingdome come, it will be forgotten by the new year. Jay-Z can go back to finding no-talents like Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, sit courtside at Nets games and go back to the Penthouse apt. where he belongs. After all, he is friends with Chris and Gwyneth.

Rating: 3.5

If you want some new Jay-Z tracks go to Notes for a Different Kitchen for the god-awful "Beach Chair."

Idolator also has the insomnia-curing "Oh My God."


In the meantime, I'm going to post these two relatively unsung album cuts from the days when Jay-Z might actually have been the best rapper in the world.

Download

Jay-Z: "Intro/A Million and One Questions" from In My Lifetime Vol. I (right-click, save as)

Jay-Z : "So Ghetto" from Hard Knock Life: Volume 3 (right-click, save as)

33 Comments:

At 5:04 AM, Blogger Coriolanus said...

I totally agree with you. I kinda knew that Jay-Z had surpassed his creative peak, when he "chose" this lame-ass 9th Wonder beat for "Threat" of the Black Album. Since then it all went down. And where did he get that whispering rap style from???? But what Jay-Z and Pac, Nas and Biggie etc. the "GOATS" always had in common was that people could relate to them in one way or another. But who can relate to a multi-millionaires "worries", "trials and tribulations". Probably only people who hate Rap (blacks)anyway.
WTF JAY-Z!!!???
btw great blog

 
At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Rap Jack Bauer said...

Weiss:

Great post as usual. I've listened to most of the tracks posted online for "Kingdom Come" and kept waiting to get that "OH MY GOD THIS IS HOT AS SHIT" feeling. Still waiting...

Anyway, onto Jay's rhymes and new subject matters--he couldn't come out on this album talking about moving weight, running the streets or bodying cats who step on his turf. He's so high profile that he has no choice BUT to talk about Coldplay and Def Jam and Beyonce. Whereas most rappers who reach success front on records about the street life they've left behind (Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Snoop, etc), Hov is the international face of hip hop as well as the face of corporate CEO hip hop.

Hearing Jay at 36 years old strolling into Def Jam at 9:30am by chauffer trying to do something like "Streets is Watching" again, hell even "Justify My Thug," is like Allen Iverson talking about killing "f*ggots" on his infamous "40 Barz" track in '01 after he signed his $120 million dollar deal. He should have left the rappin' to his capable roster of Method Man, Ghostface, Nas, Ludacris and Black Thought.

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger Douglas Reinhardt said...

I wouldn't say that "Kingdom Come" isn't a rap album for people who don't like rap music, but it's for people in their 30s, who live in the 'burbs with a kid or two rap music. It's not that threatening. Usher is singing a hook, so it can be played on romantic nights when the kids are over at Grandma's.

Even the video for "Show Me What You Got" is aimed for suburbanites with it's use of NASCAR dudes. Jay is just going after a new market for hip hop; makes sense.

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger Passion of the Weiss said...

Perhaps it Rap Music For the Man who has everything...or hip-hop for the Starbucks crowd...the right accessory for their soy cafe au laits.

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger David said...

Wow, what a scathing review...Kingdom Come sounds like shit. Hearing of Jay-Z's suddent romance with Coldplay douche Chris Martin and their collaboration reminds me of Jurassic 5's collabo with Dave Matthews on the abominable Feedback album, "Work it Out," which, according to Comic Book Guy, is the "worst...song...ever."

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Passion of the Weiss said...

Y'know Crock...I really disliked Hard Knock Life Vol. 3 but at least it was because the beats sucked and not the man himself. This is just trash. I really just wish I hadn't heard it lest it not tarnish the man's legacy.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Mo! said...

I think it's soooo obvious that
Nas won this round.

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger 53 Cent said...

Man.... Thats a rough review.... Like I said at Fresh's site- this is actually grown up hip hop. I can see how some people would see it as corporate- but their is substance to this album. It's not as sonically flashy as Games, but it's not meant to be.

And it suprises me that you would see 'Do You Wanna Ride' as a song for the ladies. The hook may come off that way- but the lyrics are anything but. Most people, and this in the hood as well, are feelin that track. It's the type of song you wanna send to your boys in lockup.

But hey- to each their own

 
At 4:19 AM, Blogger Coriolanus said...

What I really do not understand is that if Jay-Z has reached all on a commercial level in Hip-Hop Music why does he not choose to put out an album totally free of all commercial necessities? He could give two flying fucks about how much he sells. He could just try to be creative whether it will be accepted by the audience or not. But perhaps in the end he is not "president Carter" but rather clerk Carter.

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Commish CH said...

Yo, great review. I have to admit, I was looking forward to this CD to hopefully get a classic among all the mainstream BS out now. I guess Im going to keep waiting and stick with the underground and old school.

 
At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Billy Sunday said...

the fact that I liked the album means that the passion of the weiss is a sage reviewer since I am an old fart anyhoo.

by far this was the best and most concise review of this album and the drama that surrounded it's release.

truth to tell you, I never liked the Jay-Z persona from the gate because the theme of hustler going legit was not only contrived, but false as fuck. how can one be a successful drug hustler without a swath of addicts to represent his fingerprint? how can someone ever touch narcotics and not feel the depression and desperation that is transferred from addicts to sellers and back again?

maybe the crickets in the background will convince Jay-Z to go quietly into the night and be content with being a well paid jig huckster.

he promised us that his first album would be his last. never trust the words from a negro without a moustache

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Passion of the Weiss said...

I'm glad you liked it...to be honest, I wanted to like it and wished I did. And I agree with you on the whole hustler going legit thing. I'd prefer if hip-hop had about 10 times less boasting about crack sales. I guess I've just learned to accept it for what it is. Though I gotta say that at least Jay was being relatively original with it in 95.Nothing sounds more tired than hearing someone's coke exploits in this day and age tho. Well, unless you write for P-fork.

So funny what you say about the mustache, because you really can't trust a white man with one. I think if we can figure out the reasons behind this dichotomy we could create racial harmony on earth.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger 911 said...

I've listened to the album on more than several occasions the critic in me agrees with you. It's kind of sad because all along this is the guy I always thought he aspired to be. He could never be {pun} the Common or Nas that he said he could he was just a hustler. Like he said you can't fit this hustler inside of a rapper {c} Jay-Z. Spied u via dallas and linked u nice blog.

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger thecloser said...

Without Nas, Jay would've never turned in the legacy-stamping 5 mic instant classic Blueprint. Without the retirement plans, The Black Album would've carried a bit less meaning. Until we get to Kingdom Come, which has none.
and this^^^^^^^^especially the first sentence wtf??
btw:i think that this is the best album of the year so far and there are way too many great thing abiout kingdom come that u left out and just chose to take your big microscope and look for your lame negatives:


Lyrics to Beach Chair:

Life is but a dream to me, I don't want to wake up/
30 odd years without having my cake up/
So I'm bout' my paper/
24-7, 365, 366 in a leap year/
I don't know why we here/
Since we gotta be here/
Life is but a beach chair/
Went from having Chevy clothes/
To crossing over every road/
Hear my angels singing to me, (V/O: Are you happy Hov)/
I just hope I'm hearing right/
Karma's got me fearing life/
Kalik are you praying for me/
See I got demons in my past so I got daughters on the way/
If the prophecies correct, then the child should have to pay/
For the sins of her father, so I barter my tomorrows/
Against my yesterdays, and hope that she'll be okay/
And when I'm no longer here/
Then shade her face from the glare/
I give my share of fare warning and I hear the angels comin....

CHORUS

Life is but a dream to me/
Gunshots sing to these/
Other guys, but lullabies, don't mean a thing to me/
I'm not afraid of dying/
I'm afraid of not trying/
Everyday, hit every wave, like I'm Hawaiian/
And I don't surf the net, no I've never been on My Space/
Too busy letting my voice vibrate/
Carvin out my space, in this world of fly girls/
Cutthroats and diamond cut ropes I twirl/
Business round corners where the sun don't shine/
I let the wheels give a glimpse of hope to one's grind/
Son said 'Hov how you get so fly'/
I said from not being afraid to fall out the sky/
My physical's a shell, so when I say farewell/
My soul will find an even higher plain to dwell/
So fly you shall, and have no fear/
Just know that life is but a beach chair

CHORUS

Life is but a dream, can't mimic my life/
I'm the thinnest cut slice/
In the cut, the winners cup/
When winter's rough enough to interrupt life/
Thats why I'm born saint and sinner, nice/
This is Jay everyday, no compromise/
No compass, comes with this life, just eyes/
So to map it out, you must look inside/
Sure books could guide you, but your heart defines you/
Chica, ?the cortisone is what brought us on?
In great shape like Heidi Klum, mighty gone
I am on, permanent vacay, life is but a beach chair/
This songs like a Hallmark card until you reach here/
Till my she's here/
And she's declared/
The heir/
I will prepare/
A blueprint for you to print, a map for you to get back/
A guide for your eyes just so you won't lose sin/
I'll make a stink for you to think, I ink these verses, full of pros, so you
won't get conned out of two cent/
My last will and testament, I leave my heir/
My share of Roc-a-fella Records and this shiny new beach chair..

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
HOW CAN THAT BE GARBAGE OR WORST SONG EVER????????OR MAYBE U JUST WAY TOO SLOW,WTF:IF YOUR EARS ARE SO FULL OF WAX THEN AT LEAST TRY READING?????

Lyrics to Minority Report:

People was poor before the hurrican came/
When the down pour poured, its like when Mary J sang/
Everyday it rains/
Everyday the pain/
Went ignored/
The shore and the winds was to blame/
And life is a chain/
Cause and effect/
Nyggaz off the chain, but the cause is still in effect/
Its a dirty game, whatever is affected/
From weed to selling caine, got to put that in effect shyt/
Wouldn't you lewd, if you didn't have the loot/
Baby needed food and he was stuck on the roof/
And a helicopter swooped down, just to get a scoop/
Through his teloscopic lens, but he didn't scoop you/
The next five days, no help insued/
They called you a refugee, because you seeked refuge/
The commander in chief, just flew by/
Did he stop, no, he had a couple seats, just rude/
Jet blue, he is not, just blew by the spot/
What if he ran out of jet fuel and just dropped/
Heh, that'd been something to watch/
Helicopters doing fly bys to take a couple shots/
Couple portraits, then ignored him/
He'd be just another Bush surrounded by a couple orchids/
Poor kids, just cause they was poor kids, left them on the porches/
Same old story in New Orleans/
Silly rapsters, we got a couple porsches/
Emptiest stuff I fill my fortress with/
We forget the unfortunate/
Sure I pony'd up a mil, but I didn't give the time/
So in reality, I didn't give a dime/
Or a damn/
I just put my money in the hands/
Of the same people that left my people stranded/
Nothing but a bandit/
Left them folks abandoned/
Damn all the money that we gave is just abandoned/
Can't say we better off, then we was before/
So in sypnosis, this is my, minority report

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
and 14 tracks all u can think of is the "Hearing of Jay-Z's suddent romance with Coldplay douche Chris Martin"
I COULD GO ON WITH ALL THE TRACKS IN THE ALBUM EXCEPT FOR ANYTHING AND HOLLYWOOD WHICH ARE ALSO THERE FOR A VERY GOOD REASON.

"What I really do not understand is that if Jay-Z has reached all on a commercial level in Hip-Hop Music why does he not choose to put out an album totally free of all commercial necessities"----ANSWER:"So I would write it, if ya'll could get it/ Being
intricate will get your WOOD critics/ On the Internet, they like you should
spit it/ I'm like you should buy it, nigga thats good business/ Forget this
rap shit, I need a new hustle/ A little bit of everything".and again he had the material that u claim to like but the problem is u just cant get it/get a clear understanding.


check out the wordplay on this one,create the pictures in your head MAYBE then you will clearly understand what and why he says the things that he says:
Lyrics to OH MY GOD:

Pops sped off, left mom with a bundle of/
Joy of boys, smack dab in the jungle/
Took, tunnel vision, but he would still become a mogul/
But first he brought that crack back like a yo-yo/
So don't play with my yo-yo, loco nyggaz in the hood/
First niggaz hatin on me, its all good/
I'm buying things like my shyt don't stink/
Gucci links/
And Gucci gooses/
Watching too many movies, bulletproof this/
I'm some nerve, like pulling tooth-es/
When you're 16, coming through ruthless/
Yeah your boy ruthless/
Like Ice Cube was/
Turn the whole city on, I'm the new plug/
So if this is your first time hearing this/
You're about to experience/
Someone so cold, a journey seldom seen/
The American dream/
From the bottom to the top of the globe/
They call me Hov

CHORUS

Now I'm knee deep in the concrete/
Like the streets made of quick sand, its beyond deep/
I got a chemical rotater, two left feet/
So now a dance with the devil brings G-O-D/
Save me from the black parade, release me/
A life like Grand Theft Auto, P-S-P/
I'm in that Volvo, puffing on that la-la/
Ducking from the po-po, everytime I drive by/
Say hi to the bad guy/
All my mama friends was like mmm mmm mmm/
Would you just look at him/
Sorry dear mama, but your embarassment/
Would give me a couple years to pray I never sin again/
Got all these rival dealers, trying to do me in/
And all these little rappers, don't know how I'm prepared for them/
I am, I am/
I'm feeling like the words against me Lord/
Call me crazy, but strangely, I love the odds


CHORUS

Now these baby ballers, toy rappers/
Calling out my name to bring the boy backwards/
Shootin airballs at the baskets/
What you call money, I pay more in taxes/
I got ground game down in Africa, out in Nigeria/
Do you have any idea/
Sold out shows through his whole career/
Jo-Burg, Cameroon, Tanzania/
Lunch with Mandela, dinner with Cavalli/
Still got time to give water out to every body;
EVERYBODY/
Fall back/
Ya'll rappin/
I'm re-enactin/
CNN, you see its accurate/
ESPN, nygga you can see me in action/
Monday nights, when the half ends/

When you're ten years in, holla back then

Lyrics to Do U Wanna Ride:

You know why, they call a project a project/
Because it's a project/
An experiment, where in it, only as objects/
And the object, is for us to explore our prospects/
Sidestep cops, on the way to the top, yes/
As kids we would daydream, sittin on our steps/
Pointin at cars like 'yeah thats our set'/
Hustlers, profits, made our eyes stretch/
So on Dr. Spok shyt, we started our trek/
Some of us made it, most of us digressed/
In the name of those who ain't made it, my progress/
Show success, please, live through me/
See I'm the eyes for Emory, keep him alive/
(V/O: This is a collect call from) So everytime I press 5/
All he wanna hear is his boy talk fly/
Up in the feds, but still, holdin his head/
So when he hits the streets, we gon' eat holes through this bread

CHORUS

International Hov, I told you so/
The 40-40's out in Tokyo/
Singapore/
All of this from singing songs/
Coming up though, he thought slingin raw/
Was the end all be all to being rich wickedly/
Little did I know that my potent delivery/
Would deliver me/
Kingpin of the ink pen/
Monster of the double entandra/
Coke is still my sponsor/
Ha, the cola yeah, Hova/
Is still getting it in with soda/
Diet, no sir, I ain't lose no weight/
Started with the crates, now I'm sitting on a whole case/
And since they got you sittin' on that old case/
Our dreams is on hold like Tivo/
So I can't wait till you get your dates/
I got some templates outside of the gate

CHORUS

Now me and my little mama/
Kida and Ty Ty/
Juan and Dez/
Out in San Tropez/
Jay round' the cabana/
Sneaking marijuana/
You know that Mary J give you no more drama/
Lost a couple friends, this whole shyt got curved/
When you get home though, you know your spots reserved/
You heard/
I put my nyggaz on, my nyggaz put they nyggaz on/
Now we all somewhere foreign/
Chillin, sippin somethin



AND IN THAT WACK REVIEW U STILL MANAGED TO PUT "GAME"S NAME IN IT???WTF??---CHECK:"Nigga's beats is bangin/ Nigga, your hooks did it/ Your lyrics didn't, your
gangsta look did it"
~prelude from kingdom come.game's lyrics are so WACK AND IF U FEEL OTHERWISE U MIGHT AS WELL AS GO AHEAD AND DISSECT THEM FOR ME.!THEY SOUND LIKE THEY WERE WRITTEN BY AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DROPOUT---"I never go away im like aids?????"not only does he mimic dr dre's voice but he also sounds like he was reading his lyrics as he rappedC ALONG.DUDE HAS A GREAT VOICE BUT HE NEEDS GOOD SONGWRITERS.

when does the unnecessary jay-z hating end,when does the truth begin,when does reality set in or does it not matter????????
KINGDOM COME IS EASILY THE BEST ALBUM TO COME OUT IN THE PAST 2 YEARS AND IF CANT RESPECT THAT YOUR WHOLE PERSPECTIVE IS WACK

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger thecloser said...

i aint finished but i see that my posts will stretch your pages way too much but saying that this album is wack,u must be out of your mind!!!i do understand that maybe its not the "sound" that u are used to especially coming from jay but to just dismiss it as trash without sitting back and really listening is just a BIG NADA.i guess as far as this question is concerned:"WHEN KINGDOMCOME,ARE U READY?????i dont think that u are.wake up

 
At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo.what album r u muthafuckas listening to, this album is tight,this has to be a bunch of underground rappers posting here, or a bunch of dip-set luving bastards writing this shit, i'm not really a jigga fan but this album crosses all lines and thats hip hop, i give this album a 9 out of 10...

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree that this album is garbage. this is an exercise in vanity. jay-z is a smart man, but he comes lazy on this album.

and i always love when people who can't spell correctly, don't use punctuation, and write in all caps expect you to take them seriously. go back to school, kids.

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

weiss

sort yourself out. this album is sick - lost ones, minority report, beach chair, trouble, 30 something are all wicked tracks, not to mention the others. This is just another stage in his process of evolution, and it's banging. For the sheer wealth of material and classic lines, he is and will remain the greatest rapper of all time.

 
At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ur review suck everybody is linking ur balls the album is not great but it's better than most of the shits out there u suck too

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Reggie said...

Doggie I like your writing style but I totally disagree with your review. Granted Jay has come harder but this year other than food and liquor so far what can see it?

 
At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I first listened to 'The Black Album', I didn't really like it, because it was more complex than what we normally hear from Hip Hop and they werent club beats. But, after I marinated on it a while, I began to understand what was being said, and then realized the album was hot. I hope this is the case with 'Kingdom Come'. I was really ready to hear something from Jay, because what is out there now, is horrible. Maybe, after listening to the words, listening to the whole album it will grow on us all. 30 Something is hot, but so far, it lacks that special something. But, if history repeats itself, Jay will put out another that will blow us away. I mean "volume 1, ya'll all lamed out, didn't really appreicate it til the second one came out, so I stretched the game out, etched my name out, threw Jigga on top" and he's been dropping hits non-stop for us. Gift and the Curse wasn't all that- just be patient.

 
At 11:36 PM, Anonymous The Doz said...

That review was fired off wayyyy to quick. You cant truly judge a Jay-Z cd after one or even a couple listens.
I could take a couple lines by ANYBODY and twist them into whatever i wanted you to think about them. Calling jay an old sellout obsessed with celebrity is idiotic.
He is talking about HIS LIFE which is what has made him the greatest of all time. You want him to rap about nothing but slinging rock for 20 cds or what?

He is switching up styles and showing more range than anyone else out there. Saying more with one line than half the losers out there

"I am scared for the future, you all respect the one who got shot. I respect the shooter" Thats the line of the DECADE as it wraps up 90 percent of hip hops fans who cant even decipher a line.. only shouting out the hooks all the time. Buying the image instead of taking the time and using their mind to understand true talent- DEPTH

So yea, go put on your 50 cd WEISS but every once awhile give Kingdom a spin, it has depth and is simply once again an interesting chronicle of a mans life. Get on it or get back

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thid reviewer has to be a Jay-Z hater..becasue i'm not really a fan,but i love comic books and i like Kingdom come..so i bought the album, played the whole thing on a drive to virginia..i have to admit, this album is one of the best of 06 if not the last 2 years..I LOVE THIS ALBUM...His wordplay is crazy..its a shame when a artist such as Jay -z has to include his lyrics with his C.D so clowns can not only hear what he's sayin but read it as well...

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you JAY-Z Haters can eat a d*ck. This in my and about 850, 000 other true hip hop fans opinion is that this is his third best album. Maybe I'm biased but #1 Reasonable Doubt and #2 The Black Album can't be beat. You young MF's always wanna talk sh*t about a subject you truly don't know. Just like the person who posted the lyrics eluded to..Listen to the lyrics. You fcuk's probably already had your bullsh*t opinion prior to the release but when you hear how many records he sold it fueled your jealousy even more. Hova is the greatest rapper of all time, second to none. He is a mogul, a philanthropist and a genuine hip hop living legeng. You fcuk's probably think that The Doctor's Advocate and Hustler's P.O.S (piece of Sh*t) are classics. Grow up or shut the fcuk up you ignorant non-denominational bastards. Cause if you speak ill of the great one you that's Blasphemy. All those that reply negatively to this post: Suck Balls!

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger joao said...

Hi i 'd like to ask a question to the one called 'the closer'.I like the album but maybe u can explain the wordplay on the tracks u listed.Maybe it sounds like a dumb question but i wanna be sure we do understand the same things in those lyrics.
Holla back

 
At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haters do what you do best. The sad thing is that some people always expect more of the same, but when faced with something truly remarkable fail to see it. If you didn't get it the playing field has changed and Jay in true fashion faced, met, and continues to rule!

 
At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Adam said...

Umm, whoever wrote this review first of all is an idiot. And second of all, whoever agrees w/it is blind. Jay-Z is taking hip hop to a new level, a level where people might actually begin to respect it as music and not just garbage. Because let's face it, how many rappers r there now that rap about totin guns, pushin weight, and leanin and rockin? Too many. I mean if u truely love hip hop and have a passion for it, then u would have tha upmost respect for what guys like Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye, and Common (to name a few) r doing. Theyre making MUSIC people! Why do u think in a music world dominated my digital downloading and pirating these guys r STILL capable of selling millions of albums? Because people r tired of that meaningless rap that guys like jeezy, lil wayne, ludacris, and young joc make. They realize that Jay has a meaning behind his music, and they wanna hear it. Dont call rap that has intellectual lyrics and a message behind it garbage, because that makes u look like a fool for being too dumb to understand it, and it makes ur favorite type of music (hip hop) look bad. And idk who posted it, but whoever said something about Jay rapping too much about having millions and he should leave tha rapping up to his crew of Nas, Luda, and Ghostface..wow. What tha fuck do u think they r?? Millionaires!! Wtf! U think them dudes r in tha hood and got so much street cred?? Ur fuckin crazy. Theyre at tha top now, they got so far away from tha hood when they got money! Just cuz dudes dont rap about bein in tha Trump International, doesnt mean they arent. Cuz trust me, if they got millions, theyre in it..dont be stupid. Man I could sit here for days and type about this shit and STILL not cover it all. I think ive said enough to prove a point tho. Yall people just need to do one thing..start LISTENING to music. Dont consider it ill just because u can bob ur head to it or do one of those dumb ass little dances they got down south. Listen to that shit! SOME rappers dont just make it for u to dance to..

 
At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Jewels / New Haven CT said...

first of all,jay-z is the greatest of all time, you can't compare him to justv any rapper, he's a hustler an artist and a legend, the boy brought water to africa, enough said, bush can't even do that. Who ever wrote this comment doesn't know anything about hip-hop, must be 16 yrs old. the boy jay is back and is on another level, rappers can't come close to him, he is setting a trend and stays humble, nas, biggie, rakim, tupac is nothing compared to jay-z. Dame dash is done and so is siegal. the only guys doing there thing is nelly, eminem, usher game, and ludacris. check out what there doing, it's bigger than hip-hop, it's a movement.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous JEWELS/ NEW HAVEN CT said...

DIP SET, DIP SET, DIP SET, SUCK DICK, CAM JIM JONES HELL RELL FEAKY ZEEKY AND SANTANA, ALL SUCK, THESE DUDES DONT RAP THEY RIGHT NURSERY RHYMES, AND TO THINK THE BEST ON OUT OF THEM ALL IS J.R.WRITER AND HE EVEN SUCKS, THESE DUDES CAN'T COMPARE TO JAY. CAM IS HATING, BEEN IN THE GAME FOR 12 YEARS AND STILL LIVES IN HARLEM, JIM JONES CAME TO CT ON A BUS THAT MAY OF BROKE HIS POCKETS, THE BUS MAY OF CAUSED HIM $89.99, HIS RELEASE PARTY WAS AT ALBERT'S LAKESIDE AND IT SUCKED, HE WAS ASKING CT FOR MONEY, THE NIGGA CAN'T RAP HE IS ONLY GOOD FOR GETTING HIS ASS KICKED AT THE BASKETBALL GAME. DAME DASH IS DONE, 50 CENT IS DONE, YAYO NEVER HAD A CHANCE, NEITHER DID BANKS. NAS IS DONE, HE IS TO WIFED UP WITH KELIS (SUKER FOR LUV) MUCH RESPECT FOR KANYE, COMMON, CASSIDY, LUDA, NELLY, THE ROOTS, ANY JAY. LL COOL JAY AND TIGGER ARE BOTH GAY, WHO THE FUCK NAMES THEIR ALBUM G.O.A.T. (GAY ONES ALWAYS TUCK) WHO EVER WROTE THIS REVIEW SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEIRSELVES, YOU NEED SOME HOME SCHOOLING. HIP-HOP IS BACK WITH JAY THE BOTH IS IN THE ZONE LIKE THE NUMBER 23.

 
At 2:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hiphop is dying, because the result of creative efforts is internet bloggers bashing the hell out of an album. im not sayin thats what he was doin with kingdom come, but if jigga doesnt keep putting shit out there who the hell else is gonna keep the mainstream goin strong. hova put out tons of good shit... reasonable doubt being one of the best albums out there. The crossovers and relationships with other genres of music is the only thing that will bring the change that hip hop needs... so quit bashing and let them explore until they hit something good. i think these guys know what they're doin. ya feelin it?

 
At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So whoever wrote this blog obviously does not know what he/she is talking about. This is proven when you say that "Do You Wanna Ride" is a song for the ladies. It is obviously a song for his friend who is in prison, Emory. Your scathing remarks only prove that Jay is definitely doing something right. Not only is Jay's flow still sharp but his similes are still fresh, they are neither hackneyed or trite. Maybe you should give the album another listen. On Jay's list of albums I would definitely rank this 4th behind Reasonable Doubt, Blueprint, and Black Album. "hova the god nigga blasphemy" Honestly, true Jay fans love this album.

 
At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say about this is, all of yall that have something negative say about JAY can suck a fat A$$ D#@K. That man is one THE hottest rappers on earth. If you can't see that then something is clearly wrong with your sight. Outside of Tupac and Big there is NO one out there that can touch this man. Let's see if you can do it. Call it "WHACK" if you like. But he looks down on you all when he's standing on his wallet. DON'T HATE CONGRATULATE! HATERS!

 
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