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Kingdom Come
Studio album by Jay-Z
Released November 21, 2006
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Hip Hop
Length 59:21
Label Roc-A-Fella/Island Def Jam
Producer Jay-Z (Exec.)
Antonio "L.A." Reid (Co-exec.)
B-Money, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, Mark Batson, Kanye West, DJ Khalil, The Neptunes, Scyience, Swizz Beatz, Chris Martin
Professional reviews
Jay-Z chronology
The Black Album
(2003)
Kingdom Come
(2006)
American Gangster
(2007)
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 released on November 21, 2006. This is considered a "comeback album" for the established rapper as 2003's The Black Album was slated to be his final release. The album was a big commercial success, selling about 680,000 copies in its first week, making it Jay-Z's highest selling album within a one-week period. The album received generally positive to mixed reviews.

Contents

Music

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. Jay-Z'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 actress Rosario Dawson.

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, Scyience, 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 the additional vocals and the return of Pain in da Ass who often featured on some of Jay-Z's earlier album introductions impersonating characters from movies such as Scarface, GoodFellas, and Carlito's Way.

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 third track "Kingdom Come" which was the same title as the album received high digital sales in the U.S., as it peaked at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] and #99 on the Pop 100.[2]

Reception

Kingdom Come 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 2009, the album has sold over 1,510,000 copies within the United States alone and a further 900,000 overseas.

Kingdom Come opened up to generally positive and mixed reviews. It currently holds an average score of 67/100 on the website aggregator Metacritic. 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." 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?" Many critics criticised the album for it "not being the comeback fans were expecting."

Concept for the name of the Album

Roc-A-Fella producer/A&R/engineer Young Guru, who is a avid fan of comic books, told his friend Jay-Z of a story entitled "Kingdom Come" in which an elderly Superman comes out of retirement to show the new generation of superheroes how to be true heroes. At the time, Jay-Z was supposed to "save" hip hop according to the hype brought by way of the media and other urban rumors. This fact is confirmed in the song "Kingdom Come" itself, as Jay-Z makes references to Superman and other comic book related superheroes in the lyrics.

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Samples Time
1 "The Prelude" B-Money 2:44
2 "Oh My God" Just Blaze 4:18
3 "Kingdom Come" Just Blaze 4:24
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 3:28
9 "Anything" (featuring Usher & Pharrell) The Neptunes 4:22
10 "Hollywood" (featuring Beyoncé) Syience 4:18
11 "Trouble" Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 4:53
12 "Dig a Hole" (featuring Sterling Simms) Swizz Beatz
  • Samples copyrighted material under license from Tappan Zee Records, Inc
4:11
13 "Minority Report" (featuring Ne-Yo) Dr. Dre 4:34
14 "Beach Chair" (featuring Chris Martin) Chris Martin 5:09
15* "44 Fours" (live from Radio City Music Hall) Lou Reed 3:36
Limited Edition

The limited edition version of the Vinyl Record was only released in the UK and Ireland.It features not only the bonus track 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 type of footage. It came packaged in a slip case, with a booklet that contained an exclusive cover.

Chart history

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Chart

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Swedish Albums Chart 45
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 6

Certifications

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada Platinum[3] 1,000,000
United States 2x Platinum[4] 2,956,000

Chart procession and succession

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

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