Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Heavy Rotation

Track #2 sums it all up. Oh ... my .... god ... Hov!

Jay-Z's out-of-retirement masterpiece, Kingdom Come, is one of two albums that I've been listening to for the last three weeks (the other one is Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor). For real. This album is sick.

Backed by the team of hip-hop super-producers Just Blaze, Dr Dre, The Neptunes, Kanye West, and Swizz Beatz, Kingdom Come sounds like a Jay-Z album, while still sounding progressive and fresh. Just Blaze tracks have lots of crash cymbals and a jazzy feel. "Trouble" sounds like something for Linkin Park. The Neptunes sound like ... well, it sounds like the Neptunes ... what do you want?!

And although he has never been (nor does he become) the best lyricist to ever spit on a track, he is definitely one of the only rappers that can talk as much smack as he does, because he can back it up. In "30 something" he writes:

I'm, young enough to know the right car to buy yet grown enough not to put rims on it
I got that six-duce with curtains so you can't see me and I didn't even have to put tints on it
I don't got the bright watch I got the right watch
I don't buy out the bar, I bought the night spot

Jiggaman seems to be more responsible and reflective. He's wise like old man Jon. In "Minority Report", Jay talks about the aftermath from Hurricane Katrina. In particular how poorly managed the rescue efforts were. In "Lost One", he questions whether he was responsible for the car accident that killed his nephew. Too many hip-hop albums are 12 tracks of braggadocio, but Kingdom Come comes with something more.

And the gem of this album is his collaboration with Coldplay's Chris Martin, titled "Life is a Beach Chair." Coldplay and Hova? Oh snap! Only the god MC can pull this off. It's the ROC!

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