You all can wear sneakers on the beach if you want to

Oh. My. God. Hov. Kingdom Come drops today. If you’re up on XXL Blogs, you already know that the consensus around here is that Jay-Z’s comeback is garbage. I’ve sat out the debate so far because, well, my fellow bloggers made some decent points. Nobody is going to try and argue that this is Hov’s best album. There’s no doubt that it’s missing something. The album could be more cohesive. The singles could be stronger (although, honestly, I’m really feeling “Kingdom Come”). There’s some filler tracks, to be sure. (See “Hollywood.”)

Still, I’m not convinced that this is his worst album yet. Even if it is, let’s be real: Jay on an off day is still miles ahead of [insert mad Dipset member] on his best day ever.

The breaking point for me came when I was flipping through a Toronto newspaper and discovered that a local reviewer gave Kingdom Come a rating of 1 out of 5. Come on. That’s just plain silly.

Obviously, the President Carter backlash is plugging up some people’s ears. Dudes are so busy praying for Jay’s downfall that they’re missing some key things that are working in favor of this project.

First of all, Jay knows how to make an album an event, and Kingdom Come is no exception. The energy and excitement and anticipation (and even the hate) that surround it make you want to hear this record. Badly. Second, people can front all they want to, but sooner or later they’re gonna have to admit that there’s lots of good material on this album. “Oh My God” is pure adrenaline. “Lost One” is about as moving as a rap record can be. The Katrina song, “Minority Report,” is so necessary. “30 Something” will likely be embraced by the legions of grown & sexy heads that are fed up with the snapping, and the rocking, and the leaning, and the chains hanging low, and whatnot.

There’s one more factor that deserves consideration. I keep hearing that females buy most of the albums these days. If that’s true, it would behoove everyone to remember that us females might just play a pivotal role in determining Hov’s success.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that most women don’t give a crap that Jay is 38. Or that he wears flip-flops. From a woman’s perspective, Jay isn’t an old man, he’s a grown-up. He dresses like a grown man, and he rhymes about grown man things. He has a grown man job and looks like he’s in a grown man relationship. Instead of endlessly bickering with other rappers, he’s out in Africa drawing attention to the world water crisis. He isn’t afraid to show his emo side on wax. “Big Pimpin” aside, he knows how to make a hit record that us females feel comfortable shaking our asses to. And he can rap circles around pretty much anyone else alive.

When you compare him to a slightly younger hothead like Jim Jones (a.k.a. The Dirt Angel)—who can’t rap worth shiite, perpetually looks like he’s been on a two week bender, is always gunning for a fight, and thinks that barking some lame-ass catchphrase over a beat constitutes hot hip-hop—it’s not too hard to figure out who’s going to come out on top here.

  • MadeInMilwaukee….Since79′

    Co-sign!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com quin_c813

    I think im in love wit u tara LOL!!!!

  • paid in full

    When you compare him to a slightly younger hothead like Jim Jones (a.k.a. The Dirt Angel)—who can’t rap worth shiite, perpetually looks like he’s been on a two week bender, is always gunning for a fight, and thinks that barking some lame-ass catchphrase over a beat constitutes hot hip-hop—it’s not too hard to figure out who’s going to come out on top here.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    co-sign

  • cacapoopoo

    first. i bought most of jay’s shit. this im not, weak ass first single, and really what more can he say?

  • http://nahright.com eskay

    co-sizzle

  • Nice n Smooth

    This post was very necessary. Kingdom Come is hot- it’s interesting to see reviewers that give any old garbage 4 out of 5 giving bad reviews to this. I guess he’s a victim of expectations. I put the first 8 tracks of this up against 8 tracks of any album this year and Kingdom Come wins hands down. The Dipset fools don’t even register on the hip-hop scale. Lightweight junkies.

  • thoreauly77

    ahaha! preach!

  • marz

    i agree

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I was at a Target store by my job ten minutes after it opened to cop this album. I wasn’t disappointed, but I’m still making up my mind. It’s a grown ass man rap album and if it comes off as frustrated or grumpy well, shit, rap sucks and Jigga/Jay/Hov isn’t happy about it. Neither am I. So be it.

    However, that Chris Martin joint & the Minority Report are the best ones on there, and Dig A Hole is just a warning shot at his opponents. This is chess, and Hov knows what’s going on.

    Kudos once again, Miss Henley.

    UNO!

    PS-Way to ether Jim Jones, Tara.

  • http://www.myspace.com/deensekou sATaLyte

    Damn, I think hollywood is one of the better tracks on there.

    Filler or not, that ish was on repeat, repeat, repeat.

    And the album is def not a 1 out of 5, but fer sure Kingdome Come > Black Album.

    The Katrina song is awful, as soon as I heard violins leading in I had to skip. No dissrespect whatsoever to the whole situation.

    Press Play = Kingdom Come

  • http://www.myspace.com/deensekou sATaLyte

    ^
    IMO

  • Domjel

    I agree with all points. And I’m glad I’m not the only one that sees Dirt for what he is: a wine-o. Maturity is good for art, and Jay looks and acts the part!

  • http://dronkmunk.blogspot.com dronkmunk

    People never mention that track “I Made it.” I think that is some blue-print era Hov right there.

  • Reddwyne

    I concur. This has to be the most adult, sensible blog I have seen on this site recently. The haters just don’t understand, Jay is already successful so there is nothing that they can say or do to conflict with destiny.

  • Rizzop

    THANK YOU LORD SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!!! Imagine if Nas, jay, or anyone in the WU taking shots at KRS, rakim, or RUN-DMC….They would have never had any kind of fan base because they would have been labeled disrespectful assholes……These new dudes come into the game thinking they are the next best thing, and they dont respect the rappers that made them want to rap in the FIRST fuckin place. I dont respect when dipset shits on Nas and jay because when they were coming up, whos records you think they were buying? This is why people say hip-hop is dying because there is no respect for the past, like these kids MADE rap music. Jordan felt cheated bceause he couldnt play against magic and bird in their prime, but the respect was always there……Jay is doing things with rap that NO ONE ever has and no matter how you personally may feel, he isnt going to rap about the same things he did when he was getting his hands dirty. If he rapped about sellng a brick and busting his gun and getting shot up would want to hear that shit?

  • jacquez
  • FrostyFreeze

    LOL @ “wear sneakers to the beach”, nice analogy.

    Dear rappers of the world,

    Here is a list of things you are now officially allowed to admit to doing (because everyone else does it too):

    *Wearing sandals

    *Watching cartoons

    *Hanging out with your granny

    *Being heartbroken

    *Listening to music performed by white people older than your parents

    *Eating cereal for lunch/dinner

    *Snuggling with your girlfriend

    *Being ticklish

    *Crying over a movie

    *Cheering loudly & obnoxiously for your kids/nieces/nephews at their soccer game

    *Wearing knock-offs

    *(Please feel free to add some of your own)

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    Good argument fresh, but i think its safe to say that females gave up on hip-hop when Bow-wow started rappin

  • http://dronkmunk.blogspot.com dronkmunk

    ^its tara not fresh

    get familiar

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    FYI
    I rock slipper, chancetas and sandals cuz (1) im a rude island bway (bllooooopp!) and (2) its a 140 degreez in AZ..so I could give a fuk about Cam”s jokes..
    socks + humidity = stank athlethes feet (females dont like that)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I wear sandals with black socks cuz every now and then I feel like dressing like an old Borinqueno.

    WEPA!

    Other times I’ll wear gym socks pulled all the way up cuz every now and then I feel like dressing like I’m an extra in Menace II Society.

    BREAK YO’ SELF!

    I never wear rhinestone studded belts, pink furs, clothes with Daffy Duck on them, or jeans that look more torn up than Sarah Jessica Parker’s face cuz I never have the urge to dress like one of the Closet Cases in Dipset.

    BALLLLLLIIIINNN’!!!

  • INVISIBLE_HAND
  • Incilin

    I think I have to agree with this most of this post but I will add this;

    ““Big Pimpin” aside, he knows how to make a hit record that us females feel comfortable shaking our asses to.”

    I doubt that being ture. “Big Pimpin” is probaly the biggest Jay hit of all (Except maybe for “Give It To Me”)

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    *cosign

  • icee corleon

    like i said before vol. 1 is jays worst cd(he still had some dope verses on it). i have yet to hear (buy) kingdom come cuz im still @ work but even if its bad as yall say it has to be better than vol.1

  • Fernando

    lol @ “closet cases from Dipset”

    When did the skin tight see-through shirts come into style?? Juelz & Dirt Angel need to cut that ish out.

  • Fernando

    I will not buy or listen to Jay’s new album. Im not trying to protest, but his metaphors / Punch lines are getting old & I dont relate to anything he talks about. I havent bought one of his albums for years & this will be no exception. One reason is that the hype is waaayyy too much. Once the frat boys & athletes got a hold of Jay-Z, they hyped him to no end. People would say Blueprint & Black Album have the greatest songs ever & then I would hear it and not be very impressed. For a casual listener I guess Jay would sound dope, but his lyrics really arent that mind-blowing, & Rapping about Black Credit cards & Chinchilla underwear isnt that fresh. There are probably 3-4 good songs that will get old in a few months….NOT WORTH THE HYPE.

  • Meka Soul

    chancletas on st. tropez >>> clear air force onces in harlem.

    co-sign on this entire post.

  • Dion From (detroit)delray on vanderbilt

    the bitch stae her opinion eberybody inst gonna like or hate jay but fuk that niggah errbody no he knows how 2 make money make some good as shyt naw fuk that rap how u wanna rap dont rappin for clubs just rap how he wanted to before he sold his soul

  • content

    real talk

  • nawshus

    Damn someones sensabilites came into play before thier emotions and bias made them make a judgement…thank you Tara.. this is the first blog i have ever read completly through without smelling the underlying stink of biased opinion…

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Had to dust off the hammer
    Dance
    Can’t touch this

  • Young A. Simmons

    Frosty wins metrosexual of the year award.

    guess that’s what happens when dudes grow up with no male influence in their lives…

    >And he can rap circles around pretty much anyone else alive.

    L0L! Beans, Em, Nas, Jada, Luda, Weezy….

  • REAL TALK NY

    GOOD POST TARA…TELL YOU THE TRUTH I FUCKS WITH DIPSET, BUT THEY ARE DEF. CROSSING THE THIN LINE… FIRST OF ALL, THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT JAY WAS DOING LIKE 8-9 YEARS AGO. PLUS,EVERYTHING THEY ARE DOING NOWADAYS IS ON A SMALLER SCALE…LITERALLY

    REAL TALK.. JAY IS A LEGEND IN TWO GAMES… TRUST. JAY SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE,BECAUSE IF HE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE CONSUMER(YOU AND ME) WHO ELSE IN THE GAME IS GOING TO DROP A GEM. IT SOUNDS LIKE HE DID THE ALBUM IN A WEEK.

    QUICK QUESTION… WHOS BETTER JAY-Z OR NAS? HOLLA AT ME

  • Combat Jack

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    co – effin – sign!!!

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    lol @ rey

  • http://www.thesbdexperience.com livefromthe225

    Tara,
    this album is rather mediocre by Jay-Z standards and slightly above average by your common (no Lonnie Lynn)rapper’s standards…your point about Jay making albums that females with a fetish for “sugar daddies” will like, only serves as another dagger into the subpar output that is Kingdom Come…it merely suggests that dude is not connected with the streets or the young, black rebellious male youth that provide the influence, swagger, and direction of this culture we call hip hop.

    ***but hey the guy still has more money than you and all us commenters combined…

  • Prince Of The South

    Co-sign the whole damn thing. About time someone said this. When that garbage You gotta Love it record came out I wanted to say something about that opne toe sandle thing, but didn’t feel like arguing with people who don’t know anything about fashion. Fly isn’t 5x clothes falling off your ass. This is what’s up. I say you give Kingdom Come a chance, don’t decide, of course we talking about him which means he did his job. When we stop talking about him, that’s when he should worry. This album is too grown for us 80s babies to appreciate, unless we been through something that made us grow up.

  • Corinne

    Jay isn’t an old man, he’s a grown-up.

    ^ Amen to that Mami, that’s the best quote I heard so far.You know, even though Dmx man, love him to death, he was talking shit about Jay this and so on.Like the infamous “he’s gone soft”, but what you just said pretty much explains what it with Jay. “Bitch” to “excuse me Miss”, grown man words.

  • Corinne

    Jay isn’t an old man, he’s a grown-up.

    ^ Amen to that Mami, that’s the best quote I heard so far.You know, even though Dmx man, love him to death, he was talking shit about Jay this and so on.Like the infamous “he’s gone soft”, but what you just said pretty much explains what it with Jay. “Bitch” to “excuse me Miss”, grown man words.

  • Adam_K

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLIINNN is not a “lame-ass catchphrase.” It’s a lifestyle.

  • FrostyFreeze

    >Frosty wins metrosexual of the year >award.

    >guess that’s what happens when dudes >grow up with no male influence in >their lives…

    ^and I guess THAT’S what happens when dudes are still too young to realize that you’re missing out on what life is really about because you’re too macho to let other people see you have fun.

    P.S. Nobody is a “gangsta” or “hard” ALL the time. Nobody. In other words, whether you’re on 50′s side or The Game’s side, they both have small children and I bet they both know all the words to SpongeBob’s theme song. Just sayin

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    .S. Nobody is a “gangsta” or “hard” ALL the time. Nobody. In other words, whether you’re on 50’s side or The Game’s side, they both have small children and I bet they both know all the words to SpongeBob’s theme song. Just sayin

    ^ that’s cute. I’m a huge Game fan and I agree with you on that. Their children is what keep them down to earth, keeps their souls in tacked. In in CD pamphlet is was talking about his son, it was a beautiful thing.

  • http://lockinout.com Bigby Mike

    Great post.

    Sorta related q… is Bol for real or just a gag?

  • Sushi K

    Ironic thing about the 80′s babies is this: no respect for anything born in the seventies (or earlier). Check. Whatever. Onto each his own.

    Thing is, when I was a teen in the eighties, I had no problem listening to and respecting older artists of ANY genre.

    Do any of you eighties babies hip hop fans listen to seventies or sixties soul? Or jazz, Latin, random bellydance records, whatever? Anything before 2Pac?

    Difference between hip hop from the eighties/nineties and the bulk of today’s 80′s babies created hip hop is that it practically encouraged you to go seek out the samples they used and collect the shit in the 2.99 LP bins! That was half the fun for me. What’s there to do beyond listenning to a record with today’s hip hop? Follow the beef? Where’s the beef indeed…

    80′s babies step your game up, wake up!

  • L.A. WILSON JR

    Great article. I agree 110 percent. It’s funny that there is a serious sterotype. When Nas dropped his last album and guest verses it was obvious he wasnt rapping the same. When Em dropped his last album(his worst arguably) and a few guest verses no one said anything. Or if they did; where are they now? How difficult is it to comprehend that A) From one album to the next is suppose to show growth and maturity. B) You can’t make a classic every album. C) If you’re as deep in this game as Hov, you try to diversify your catalogue because he’s not in it for the money. He is trying to make “different” music. This time he is not dumbing down his lyrics, creativity, style, etc. So it’s up to us as real hip hop heads to have some sense, stop accepting that “human crack in the flesh” crap, and stand up for a real MC.

  • MANDO XIV

    DIDN’T LIKE HIM IN 95′….STILL DON’T CARE FOR HIME NOW.

  • psionic i

    # FrostyFreeze Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    LOL @ “wear sneakers to the beach”, nice analogy.

    Dear rappers of the world,

    Here is a list of things you are now officially allowed to admit to doing (because everyone else does it too):

    *Wearing sandals

    *Watching cartoons

    *Hanging out with your granny

    *Being heartbroken

    *Listening to music performed by white people older than your parents

    *Eating cereal for lunch/dinner

    *Snuggling with your girlfriend

    *Being ticklish

    *Crying over a movie

    *Cheering loudly & obnoxiously for your kids/nieces/nephews at their soccer game

    *Wearing knock-offs
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    *SMILE AT YOUR SUCCESS

    *invest in stocks and bonds and not spend on the excess shiny things

    *admit that you’re not really THAT good

    *do community service out of goodwill

    *advance your education

    *(add others at your own will)

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    this is prolly the best blog i’ve read so far sometimes people just for the feeling of hating im the greatest jay fan but even i know this isnt his best but 1 out of 5 thats just stupid.

  • jim jones

    nice article it’s way better than gay old bols

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    uhhhh…my bad ..lol

  • sandino

    I”m lovin this baby, but i’ma keep it one hunded, when are we gonna crush?

  • DEE

    “I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that most women don’t give a crap that Jay is 38. Or that he wears flip-flops. From a woman’s perspective, Jay isn’t an old man, he’s a grown-up. He dresses like a grown man, and he rhymes about grown man things. He has a grown man job and looks like he’s in a grown man relationship.”

    –Do u think women really buy most the rap albums? U should do a formal study seriously–interesting question/statement

    –love ur posts

  • http://www.myspace.com/afterthesmoke Whuzi

    I’m not a Jay fan, and I also think NAS>JAY Z all day. But as a REAL hip hop head and not some trendy wannabe, I will say that Jay’s album is str8. Could have came of much better, but definately 2nd best album this year (after lupe). 1/5 is stupid and the person who wrote that is an idiot. In my worst JAY Z hater-mode I would at least gave the album a 3.5/5 because it was much better then 97% of the other bullshit that come out this year. This is way hip hop is dead tho…because the fans are fake and just jump on the bangwagon too easily without making up their own minds. There are no standards. 1/5…that makes me laugh. Depending on this audience, I suspect Nas will also get crucified for actually putting thought into his album and some D4L-clone will get raised on a fucking throne for creating another stupid fad. fuck hip hop

  • Tara Is A Goddess

    I Love you , will you have my kids oh yeah and Jay is the GOT DAMN MAN!!

  • the chancellor

    At least Tara has some sense. This album isnt for idiots. If the idiots or bitch ass niggas wanna listen then turn your radio off. This is a grown man album, and frankly your a fairweather fan if you hate this record. Your loyalty is in ?. This album is solid, but i will admit the track with beyonce was a mistake. If anything they should have held it for her album or something but what are u gonna do? Good post tho T.

  • weezybaby

    I LOVE U!!!!

    BEST BLOGGER ALIVE……

  • che

    if only you posted on here more often.

  • chizamp

    Damn Tara…you took the words right out of my mouth…nice post. About time someone gave Jay some props instead of hate. Tara>Bol. This was a solid, truthfull, well thought out post and thank you for not jumping on the Jay Z hating Band waggon..one

  • rickrustling

    mama u alright

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Lets compare Jay-z to:
    Nas
    Weezy
    Styles P
    Common

    …what you will find is that they all would murder(nas already did) Jay on any track any subject…

    …its not about his financial success…its about the music…and for J to say numbers dont lie they dont BUT they dont gauge the quality of the material you put out cuz…if it was all about numbers…count nas, common, and a lot of other great artist out

  • the truth

    I applaud Ms. Henley for not caving to the overwhelmingly negative sentiment that has permeated throughout the blog universe regarding “EL Presidente” and his new release… might I add that the constent comments compairing recent releases from Hov & Nas to that of their debut LP’s is futile… no new releases from either of these artists will ever top “Reasonable Doubt” or “Illmatic”… the climate of the culture and marketplace has changed measurably as has the consumer… the average fan used to “live” the culture and now those that comprise the buying public are simply spectators… spectators who watch BDS & Soundscan numbers as if their bank accounts depended on it… these are the same consumers who will consider an album unworthy if doesn’t reach some mythical first week sales number… without even hearing it (I might add)… the fact that any artist can survive in this marketplace is a small miracle… I think “Kingdom Come” represents an unmatched level of growth and maturity from Jay that above all else is refreshing… but what more can one expect from the highly revered not to mention legendary figure… thought provoking yet introspective I think this is one of his more complete works to date…

  • jimmy

    your defense of jay: it’s better than what jim jones put out, so i’m happy.

    WTF? what kind of standards are those?

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Nice, Tara…

    …keep it up!

    (And by “it” I mean BAALLLLIIN!”

  • 110 street

    i agree with u tara but on the flip side this is more of yor emotional fan support for jay other then being a critic like i said i agree but i still think jay could of come a lil harder even on brrooklyn, it wasnt a knock out. cause write now the dips is the hyhennas of the game. and they on that ass like it or not, love u ma, Eastside Harlem all day.

  • BUY KINGDOM COME!!!

    When you get into a top position like Jay-Z or even 50….EVERYBODY IS GONNA HATE ON YOU!!! Lets be honest if Jim Jones and Dipset was #1 EVERYBODY WOULD HATE ON EM!!! I personally think Kingdom Come is Jay-Z’s best album since Reasonable Doubt…I just cant understand what people dont like about the album. I mean is he supposed to be rapping about being in the club and buying out the bar…NIGGA HE OWNS THE BAR (40/40 CLUB). Really if people just listen to his lyrics and get past the production (thats great also) they will see that he hasnt fallin of at all. He still the same Jay-Z but now he’s talking about real things thats happend to him since his last album.

    On top of all this hate why is it that EVERYBODY listened to the bootleg??? Obviously EVERYBODY wanted to checkout the album badly. Buy and support Jay-Z yall because whether you like it or not he is the leader of hip hop trying to be unity with Nas (buy Nas album too).

    JC

  • Mista Fantastic

    Look, i feel why a lotta you cats are saying this is a weak Jay record & all, but to be truthful, it’s ok. Some of the shit on there is hot as hell… PERIOD! Some of it… whatever! It reminds me of a trait throughout Hova’s entire career… 1 Classic album followed by 1 so-so joint. Last 1 was a classic, this 1 is ai-ite. Only prob is that it’s his comeback joint & so cats is mad at him for it.
    Also, let me say this: As a dude who grew up just as Hip Hop turned from Old to New School (I’m 33 myself) I completely feel where Jay is coming from! Hip Hop is GARBAGE right now…it’s a mess & 99.9% of the shit out here would have NEVER sold 10 years ago, let alone during the Golden Age in which our generation grew up. C’mon son… Ying Yang Twins? Yung Joc? Half of that G Unit bullshit? Almost EVERYTHING coming out the South & EVERYTHING coming from everywhere else trying to copycat it, plus all that hyphy trash.WTF??? It’s all garbage! What’s it say when a rhyme Rakim wrote in 1984 (the lyrics to My Melody) are still better than EVERYTHING out now??? You cats are idiots & it’s a disgrace!
    Also, ya’ll cats have no respect for your history, your culture, your heritage,your past or your future! You are killing yourselves, your history, & your musical artform & it’s wrong! Hova got it right to throw these kids under the bus! We was young once too, but it was a whole different ballgame back then! Peace to REAL HIP HOP!

  • j

    tara not only are you one sexy canadian but you know what your talking aboot eh. i dont particularly dig jays album but if your gonna compare it to anything else comin out its def a refreshing piece of work. now is it along the linesof his best work no. not by any means .but compared to the dippin dipsent its leap and bounds above that shit. oh yea someone in this post said vol. 1 was his worst…wrong homo vol.3 was his worst .all p diddy executive producing duties and sunshine aside he spit hard on that record. the official jay z dii9scography from greatest to least is……(drum roll) 1.reasonable doubt(obv) 2.blueprint 3. vol. 1 4. vol.2 5. black album 6.dynasty(more of a roc comp then a jay lp) 6.blueprint 2(if there werent so many joints it would be his worst but cause there is your bound to find a bunch of good shit amidst the mess that was this double lp) 7. vol.3 (jays nastradamus)

  • j

    sorry for the brain fart with the two six slot but you know what im saying

  • http://reddred.com Skinnty Dred

    I totally agree. Not his best but its very digestable. Its Hov all grown up!

  • DaMari

    very well said Ms. Henley!

  • Kid Wave (Nasir before Nas)

    Whoever Satalyte is, this fool is crazy: “Kingdome Come > Black Album.”

    I don’t even know what to say. I don’t think Kingdom Come is a bad album. It’s better than anything else released this year. It’s about the middle of the pack as far as Jay albums are concerned, a 4/5 mics. But better than the Black Album?!?! This lame must be on something. I still believe to this day that The Black Album is Jay’s best album and best work to date. It’s so beautifully crafted and thought out, so introspective, just a perfect album. I love Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint, but I don’t think either can hold a candle to The Black Album. People always diss it for having “Change Clothes” on it, but I think that record was neccesary. It made the album a little less serious, a feel good record. Anyways, Kingdom Come is a dope album, and will definitely be in my deck for a couple weeks, but it is NOWHERE close to The Black Album! Better than The Black Album? Nigga you are TRIPPIN

  • Kid Wave (Nasir before Nas)

    To me, Jay’s discography goes a little something like this (1 being the best, 9 worst)
    1. The Black Album
    2. Reasonable Doubt
    3. The Blueprint
    4. Vol. 2
    5. Vol. 1
    6. Kingdom Come
    7. Dynasty
    8. Blueprint 2
    9. Vol. 3

  • Big Mike

    The women are not drawn to Jay-Z’s album because he’s grown up sounding, it is because he’s a celebrity.

    If that were to hold true, then Kev Brown, Supastition, CL Smooth, ED O.g, Little Brother, etc. would all have a large female fan base because they too make “grown up” sounding hip hop music.

  • DIAZ

    people arent gonna get jay-z ‘s new music until he leaves this earth. most vesatile mc of all-time and in my book the greatest of all-time.

  • South Ambassador

    I co-sign! She said what I been thinking of the words to say for a minute………great post!

  • Jordi Vendetta

    You are one argument for everyone that women are smarter than men. Unlike your colleagues, you got it. So Jay-Z’s album is shit?? Well, could be, but his shit is still better than the so-called “classics” of other rappers.

    He is rapping about how it is to be a CEO, Game raps how it is to be Game..

    Frankly, I take the CEO..

  • H-MAN

    Tara’s doez a good job keepin it up….100 percent…mad luv 2 Canada and Nickleback…”it’s not too hard to figure out who’s going to come out on top here”. WOW…take it EZ, a man can only take so much…hahahaha…Hov likes 2 make tha ladies feel comfortable….

  • H-MAN

    Itz not my fault, Itz Timberlakes, He keepz bringin Sexyback…Get ya sexy out….U ready???…YEAH…

  • Cuban Link

    40 Cal>>>Jay-Z now-a-days.Jay still>>the rest of Dipset thou(with the possible exception of Juelz now after hearing ‘Anything’ by Jay.)

    im sorry but its the truth

  • Smoove 82

    Powerful and soooo true.
    I think the album is Good, especially when Chain Hang Low and other weak songs are out there. Let’s remember that Jay is a Lyricist. There’s only a few of those left,(Nas, Jada, EM) Listen to the lyrics and how he flows on everything before you say it sucks because he doens’t have a chicken noodle soup hook!

  • Raymond

    It’s strange ya mafucaz. You all seem to have listened to pac. But ya neva understood him. Ya str8 bitchez.

  • dasouf

    FUK WAT JAY IS DOIN IN AFRICA, IM FROM THA SOUF SIDE OF THA J IN THA DIRTY YA HEARD, PEOPLE GET DUSTED IN THA J JUST LIKE IN AFRICA, AND FUK JAY’S NEW BIRTH, MAYBE JUST 40 YEAR OLDS AND BITCHES NEED TO BUY HIS ALBUM CAUSE IM 19 AND REALLY I DONT CARE TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT HE TALKIN BOUT CAUSE HE A THOUSAND YEARS OLDER THAN ME, AND HIS LYRICS IS WAK ANYWAY. I WANNA HEAR ABOUT CHOPPERS (AK-47′S), COKE AND WEED. CAUSE THATS WHAT I SEE AND THATS WHAT I CAN RELATE TO. NOT DRIVIN A CAR I CANT EVEN DRIVE WIT SKINNY WHITE BITCH IN THA PASSENGER SEAT. I’D RATHER DRIVE A CUTLASS ON SUM 22′S WIT A BITCH WHO DUN HAD A LIL BIT MORE BEANS AND RICE THAN THE AVERAGE BITCH YA FEEL ME

  • Showsdan

    Even if in comparison of jay ability we can be disapoint by this album .I think that Kingdom come is better than a lot of others 2006 albun .But we can have reasonable doubt about the fact that jasy is” Not only NYC I’m hip hop’s savior”

  • BOL > SIGCAMOR

    bitch stfu

  • Vindi

    co-sign the album is not great but he’s caused such a stir u wanna listen to it.

    http://www.soundclick.com/revengevindi
    http://www.myspace.com/vindiakaleon

  • calimovement

    good post.

  • David

    I’ve always been a big Jay-Z fan since 2000. Never heard of him until “Big Pimpin” came out and ever since then I’ve been buying his albums. I think there is a period when Jay got weak tho…I like albums Reasonable Doubt through Vol 3. I even like the songs he did on Streets are Watching Sound Tract. Everything after Vol 3. it just didn’t do it for me; it’s like Jay lost his touch, and I believe that everyone likes Jay because they remember Jay from the 90′s and we are still waiting for Jay to come out with an album that flows like Reasonable Doubt and you can listen to the whole cd without having to press the skip button. Now days it just seems like rappers just put out a few singles and then fill the rest of the album with filler songs that aren’t worth jack. But anyways, I wasn’t dissapointed with this album at all and I think Jay put out a solid cd but but I’m still waiting for a Reasonable Doubt 2 album to drop where Jay returns to his original flow.

  • Theophilus Jamal (Love Free I)

    If you would please let me re-tool your comment a little bit:

    “It’s stupid to give a crap that Jay is 38. Or that he wears flip-flops. From the perspective of someone who isn’t a hateful asshole, and who cares more that a rapper should be thoughtful and intelligent and honest than that they should live up to a certain expectation we have of them, Jay isn’t an old man, he’s a grown-up. He dresses like a grown man, and he rhymes about grown man things. He has a grown man job and looks like he’s in a grown man relationship. Instead of endlessly bickering with other rappers, he’s out in Africa drawing attention to the world water crisis. He isn’t afraid to show his emo side on wax. This album might not be as consistently dope all the way through as his others, because the actual rhymes and beats aren’t as good on this one as usual. But that has nothing to do with the things that he’s actually talking about on the record. Kingdom Come showcases a Jigga who’s almost free of arrogance, who’s mature and eloquent and simply doesn’t give a shit anymore about whether he’s fashionable, because he’s too busy being intelligent.”

    Is this an accurate re-expression of what you were trying to say, Tara? ‘Cause that’s how I feel about Kingdom Come. Don’t get me wrong, some of the rhymes and beats on this record are wack. But no one’s actually critiquing the rhymes and beats. Everyone is making fun of Hov for the clothes he wears, without caring about the jewels he’s dropping. They’re not witty this time around, but they’re wise. And if I have to get my fix of swagger and wit from somewhere else, from Weezy or Fabolous or The Clipse, until he gets his groove back, I don’t mind. His earlier shit had the wit. This shit has the wisdom. I think the two will mix soon enough. And when they do, the world will collapse from the impact.

  • http://www.myspace.com/urbaneliteentertainment Urbanite

    I honestly think your blog should be ended.

    Kingdom Come is trash.

    It’s not cool to be old.

    And Jay-Z’s lyrics are no where near what they used to be. (He now needs a ghostwriter)

  • AJTHROWBACK

    Tara, you’re probably one of the few people that do these blogs on here that I agree with more often than not. You pointed out Jay’s shortcomings and successes with KINGDOM COME better than anyone who just wants to hate for the sake of hating. All the songs that you named were significant in proving how this isn’t Jay’s absolute worst album–though for me, I’d put it at third worst behind BLUEPRINT 2 and DYNASTY. I don’t feel like he gave it his all on this CD like he did on a lot of his efforts prior to his retirement, but it ain’t as bad as lot of people are making it out to be.

    I probably, however, would agree with Big Mike about the whole argument about women being attracted to Jay not because he has a grown-man sound, but rather the fact that he’s a celebrity. In fact, I’d take it a step further and say that it’s a combination of both. They love the fact that he’s evolved into a grown man and doesn’t exactly talk about ALL of the same things that he did in his “Big Pimpin’” days, but they also love the power that he has and the fact that he’s so popular and wealthy. We all know that Jay is no LL in the looks department (although he’s actually younger than LL by nearly two years), but when you have a certain level of maturity with your thought process and music and combine that with charisma and power, you can grab a lot of women’s attention easily.

  • che

    >You all can wear sneakers on the beach if you want to

    lol @ white people, you all?

  • http://www.myspace.com/thaanswermikeyd Dip Set City

    Hey guess what? Some people just DON’T LIKE JAY-Z’s shit!

  • BLAq

    THE THING IS, FIRST OF ALL I USED TO FEEL CAM’RON. I’M SURE EVRYONE BUMPED “HORSE N CARRIAGE,” “357,” “WHAT MEAN THE WORLD TO YOU”….”OH BOY” WAS FLY N HONESTLY I THINK CAM HAD A BETTER VERSE IN “WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY.”

    CAMRON REALLY MESSED UP THO BY TAKING SHOTS AT JAY FOR NO REAL REASON. IN ANY CASE JAY’S BODY OF WORK>>>>>>CAMRONS. CAM’RON HAD REAL POTENTIAL TO BE CONTENDER FOR KING OF NY BUT HE HAD TO GO INTO KID MODE N START DISRESPECTING LEGENDS N TEAMING UP WITH SH*T TALKERS LIKE JIM JONES. CAM HAD A CHANCE AFTER JAY RETIRED BUT HE HAD TO GO AND F8k IT ALL UP. AND I DONT KNOW WHO IN HIS CREW KEEPS LYING TO HIM THAT HIS FLOW IS THE SH*…HE NEEDS TO CHANGE THAT UP REAL QUCIK TO BE EVEN CONSIDERED AGAIN.

  • BLAq

    AND ANYONE WHO WEARS SNEAKERS ON A BEACH IS JUST DUMB…CAM ACTUALLY CAME OUT LOOKING THE DUMB ONE WITH THAT ONE THERE….AS JAY SAID “THERE’S ONLY SO LONG FAKE THUGS CAN PRETEND…” MAKES YOU WONDER HOW MANY OTHER THINGS DIPSET LIES ABOUT.

  • T

    This album is too grown for us 80s babies to appreciate, unless we been through something that made us grow up.

    For real, most of us have reached a point in our lives where we are not gonna be walking around with our pants hangin off our @sses. So we all need to be growing up and realizing that unless you are a rapper now-a-days you will not be successful behaving like a thug.

  • j.o.s.e.(HIP HOP IS DEAD)

    your post is from a womens point of veiw and i can respect that, but all these dudes sounding just like females(no sean carter) all in love with jay-z. lets face it…kingdom come is not that hot:( now all the jay-z dick smuggler’s are gonna say he is the greatest and that nobody can see him lol! dipset christmas bitch! falalala!!

  • NickeNitro

    Yeah, you’re right. Jay’s hit his stride with his past 4 albums or so. Sure, he’ll probably never make another Reasonable Doubt, but he’s never gonna make another IML V.1 either (not that Vol. 1 is without highlights).

    The Prelude is a sweet track. Who’s B-Money? Mel & Tim? He didn’t really do too much besides speed it up, but he still had to dig for that one.

  • nation of thugacation

    my young’n is lebron… you know what that makes me baby…

    big homie

  • william

    How can anyone hate on kingdom come.This is the album old rappers like LLCOOL J wish they could make. This is the new blueprint! Jay-z told eveybody that he was going forward in his music not backwards. Rocafella forever!!!!!!!

  • reality check PLEASe

    why dio people front?
    all the time everyone was saying how jay’s new album is shit, now we have you coming out as if your gay

    we all know this is all about bonening tara.

  • D

    Those dipset dudes are up there in age relatively speaking/ so they know who was doing what in the 90′s – its all publicity – any publicity is good publicity. They know 10 year olds are coppin their albums. They keep the rhyme simple as possible.

  • allnice

    Good post Tara. Jay’s material is leagues beyond what most rappers in the industry are putting out. People are going to hate, but Show Me What You Got and Kingdom Come are going to get heavy spins on the radio and in all the clubs. And let’s face it, grown and sexy is better fan base than young and stupid. I was young and stupid once, but hip hop was also young with much better music (Early 90s).

    The album definitely is not garbage. I feel it might even be better than The Blueprint besides one of the best songs of that era (Never Change…so classic). Anyways, I know people eventually are going to stop hating on Jay and just accept that he makes good music.