Retirement Followed By A Comeback
What would a retired star be without at least one comeback? Michael Jordan did it, and as Jay-Z raps in “Show Me What U Got,” “I am the Mike Jordan of recordin’.” After announcing his retirement in 2004, Jay-Z presents a new string of beats featuring contributions from new and old artists, creating an undeniably brilliant album.The tracks on Kingdom Come are tied together with the common thread of lyrical rap intellect we expect from Jay-Z. “Oh My God” incorporates elements of Kanye Westâ€šÃ„Ã´s past and present hits, and the politically charged “Minority Report” features Kanyeâ€šÃ„Ã´s now infamous allegations following Hurricane Katrina.
Jay-Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s unrivaled rhythmic selection and vocal power are accentuated in the title track, where he addresses those wondering what heâ€šÃ„Ã´s doing back in the biz. With the lyrics “Just when they thought it was all over / I put the whole world on my back in broad shoulders the ball hover,” he reminds all of rap that he is the King. Further showing his maturity and experience, “30 Something” chronicles his accomplishments and his evolution as a rap star.
Not only does this album show Jay-Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s lyrical brilliance, it highlights his ability to collaborate with other artists. In “Lost One,” featured artist Chrisette Michele projects a sweet, innocent voice similar to the old Nelly Furtado. John Legendâ€šÃ„Ã´s booming presence in “Do U Wanna Ride” and Chris Martinâ€šÃ„Ã´s sound in “Beach Chair” give this album a softer side and show Jay-Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s versatility. The album is a must have, with a track for every mood.