Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records
Worst Song: "Hollywood" f/ Beyoncé
We knew Jay wasn't really going to retire after 2003's The Black Album. Mostly because he never really went away. Despite getting a job as the President of Def Jam he still manged to put out an album with R. Kelly, an album with Linkin Park, and did a gang of guest spots for other artists. So it was clear that, at some point, Jay was going to make a comeback. We just wish he hadn't done it like this.
There were some gems on Kingdom Come—including the Just Blaze-produced title track or "Oh My God"—but there were also a whole bunch of duds that made Hov sound old (which is bad) and content (which is much worse). Jay seemingly gave up on actively seeking new producers (something he did so masterfully on previous efforts) and instead relied on familiar sounds from past collaborators.
The songs themselves were a bad mix of forgettable (“Anything,” “I Made It”), weak (“Show Me What You Got,” “Dig A Hole”), and downright embarrassing (“30 Something,” “Hollywood”). So, yeah, he was back. But he definitely wasn't better than ever.