Jay-Z’s Comeback (Since 2006): By the Numbers

Since coming out of a three-year retirement in 2006, Jay-Z has arguably come back stronger than ever. Despite a perpetually declining climate, Hov’s record sales in the past five years have been pretty close to par with his pre-retirement numbers. On the business end, he’s continued to add to his bank with savvy moves and has been a perennial cash king on Forbes‘s annual list. More importantly, Hov is quite possibly still second to none when it comes to spitting. Now, 15 years after his classic debut, Reasonable Doubt, the God MC still consistently drops stellar verses and remains a dangerous guest MC. To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Kingdome Come—his first LP out of retirement—XXLMag.com breaks down Jigga Man’s comeback by the numbers.—Carl Chery @cchery

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  • oskamadison

    ‘Ye did NOT murk Hov on Run This Town…he did it on Otis.

    • JacksonAdmin

      He murked him on both

  • Dortiz

    @Bdot naw son Jeezy didn’t murder the best rapper alive on “Real As It Gets” you’re buggin’. That’s like saying “Mr. 17.5″ is better than Fab’s “Mr. RIP” which would be moronic.

  • Radical Negro

    Jeezy sucks. He couldn’t murder Hov with a sawed off shotgun.

  • Brand-New

    # of times Jay-Z made an album better than his pre-retirement days….0

  • James

    Jay didn’t murder J. Cole on Mr. Nice Watch. I was hoping he would have but he didn’t.

  • yzeeh

    so J. Cole didnt murder him on A Star is Born??? Fix this now please

  • RocStar

    You left off the Hanger Tour (7 Cities in 24 hours) & The Heart of the City tour (w/ MJB)!

    Also the Ace of Spades & Hublot as trends.

    The J Hotels (as failed business deals)

    • op

      naa Swizz Beatz was the first person in hip hop to shoutout Hublot! back in 07-08…look up his song “where the cash at”

    • Decatur GA BOI

      Trend: Pressed Jeans and a button up- Dude had everyone with oversized button ups on with jeans and those Sean Carter Reeboks….

  • that nigga

    Wow, how soon do we forget “Eminem murdered you on your own shit”. – Nas

    Eminen killed him on Renegade. How y’all gonna have a Nas reference he made at Jay Z and not have the correct artist? And Jeezy could never murk anyone and Ye killed Jay on Otis.

  • Decatur GA BOI

    J killed Kanye on “Diamonds are forever”—


    How could y’all forget Em MUUUURRRRRRDERED Jay on Renegade???!!!…And how could y’all leave off The Hard Knock Life tour????!!!!…That’s the tour that really solidified him as the top dog!!!!

    • NY

      u idiot it says since ’06. renegade came out in ’01. dumbass!

  • Decatur GA BOI


    I got it from here ‘ye damn!
    The chain remains, the game is in tact
    The name is mine, I’ll take blame for that
    The pressure’s on, but guess who ain’t gon’ crack? [laughs]
    Pardon me I had to laugh at that
    How could you falter when you’re the rock of Gibraltar
    I had to get of the boat so I could walk on water
    This ain’t no tall order, this is nothin to me
    Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week
    I do this in my sleep,
    I sold Kilos of coke, (so?) I’m guessin’ I can sell CD’s
    I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man
    Let me handle my buisness, damn!
    Kanyeez you got me, Freeway and Foxy
    YG’, Teairra Mari, Petey watch me
    Bleek could be one hit away his whole career
    As long as I’m alive, he’s a millionaire
    And even if I die, he’s in my will somewhere
    So he can just kick back and chill somewhere, oh yeah
    He don’t even have to write rhymes
    The Dynasty like my money last three lifetimes
    Shirley Bassey was in the rear sayin exactly
    What I was sayin practically me whole career
    The diamond is forever, I been minin’ this forever
    Now the Louis Vuitton Don’s timin’ couldn’t be better
    People lined up to see the Titanic sinkin’
    Instead we rose from the ashes like a phoenix
    If you waitin’ for the end of the dynasty sign
    It’ll seem like forever is a mighty long time
    I’m young bitches [laughs]

  • wow

    We certainly are in trouble in this country as far as education is concerned when the topic is Jay-z comeback since 2006 by the numbers and people are complaining hard knock life, renegade, and button ups aren’t mentioned

  • Decatur GA BOI

    I got these niggas breezy, don’t worry about it
    Let that bitch breathe!——————-

    I used to give a fuck, now I give a fuck less
    What do I think of success
    It sucks too much to stress
    I guess I blew up quick, cause friends I grew up with
    See me as a primi, but I’m not and my nut’s big
    I don’t know what the fuss is
    My career is illustrious
    My rep is impeccable
    I’m not to be fucked with, with shit
    Let that bitch breathe!———————-
    I’m way too important to be talking extorting
    Asking me for a portion is like asking me for a coffin
    Broad daylight I off ya on switch
    Ya not too bright, goodnight, long kiss,
    Bye-bye, my reply, blah-blah
    Blast burner then pass burner, to TyTy
    Finish my breakfast, why?
    I got an appettite for destruction and you’re a small fry
    Now where was I
    Let that bitch breathe!
    I used to give a shit, now I don’t give a shit more
    Truth be told, I had more fun when I was piss poor
    I’m pissed off, is this what success all about
    A bunch of niggas acting like bitches with big mouths
    All this stress, all I got is this big house
    Couple cars, I don’t bring half of them shits out
    All this ace of spade I drank, just to piss out
    I mean I like the taste, could have saved myself six hours
    How many times can I go to Mr. Chow’s, Tao’s, Nobu
    Hold up, let me move my bowels
    I’ll shit on y’all niggas, OG tell these boys

  • Diz

    the list was cool. Too bad you had to throw that subjective “who murdered who” crap in there. I guess that was the best way to get comments!! Next time do an honest list and quit being redundant with the numbers! How many of those Albums were number 1?

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    • Harlem

      that song came out in ’01. the list is from ’06. dumb fuck read next time.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Go Hard Remix. Jay murked Kayne on that. and ya flow wise and “swag” wise Jay got murked on Run this town, otis a star is born. Otherwise dude held his on.

    I understand that it was a lil humor added tho.. good story!

  • duh muthafucka

    it says after retirement u moronic fucks.

  • noone

    Jay also murked Weezy on Mr. Carter

  • illionaire603

    I disagree with Jay killing Drake on Light Up, they each had dope verses, but I like Drakes better, and I agree that Jay killed Kanye on Diamonds.

  • Bouso

    Jay’s a living legend & I’ll tell you why; everyone wanna be Hov & Hov’s still alive. ………………….He has murdered more times than he’s been murdered

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