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Kingdom Come (Edited)

by Jay Z
Kingdom Come by Jay Z
Released: Nov 2006
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam
There's no getting around it: Jay-Z has changed. The Marcy Projects hustler has transformed into a business, man. But, as Kingdom Come reveals, getting the money, the power and the woman doesn't translate to happiness. Here, Jay comes across as the King David of the rap game. On "Lost Ones," he wrestles with loss and the trappings of fame, while "Beach Chair" finds the former crack dealer teaming up with Coldplay's Chris Martin to tackle, you know, the meaning of life. Sure, there are bangers, but for the most part this is mature hip-hop. Whether it's riveting or mawkish is your call.
Sam Chennault