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Jay-Z Is Coming Out Of Retirement


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Call him the Michael Jordan of rap. Jay-Z, who declared that 2003's "The Black Album" would be his last, is coming out retirement and releasing a new CD.


"Kingdom Come" will hit stores this fall, Entertainment Weekly magazine reports in its new issue, due on newsstands Monday.


"It was the worst retirement in history," Jay told the magazine.


Actually, his post-retirement career looked pretty good. In 2004, the rap icon (real name: Shawn Carter) became president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. He became part owner of the New Jersey Nets that same year. Also on his resume: Not-So-Secret Boyfriend of Beyonce.


Despite naysayers' doubts, the 36-year-old Jay-Z thought he was retired from music-making: "I believed it, yeah. I believed it for two years."


But since his "retirement," he's gone on a world tour, performed on hit records with Beyonce and other entertainers, and had a profile higher than most working rappers. There were rumblings that he was working on a new album. And in an interview with The Associated Press this summer, he said he was thinking about coming out of retirement.


He told Entertainment Weekly that he began tinkering in the studio over the summer.


"Something, when you love it, is always tugging at you and itching, and I was putting it off and putting it off. I started fumbling around to see if it felt good," he said.


The result: "Kingdom Come."


The disc is "more in the vein of `The Black Album' than `The Blueprint,'" he tells the magazine. "I've been experimenting with things, different types of music."


He's already recruited some A-list producer-collaborators: Timbaland, Kanye West and Dr. Dre. Even Coldplay frontman

Chris Martin produced a track called "Beach Chair," he said.


So ? for real now ? when does he plan to retire?


"If I wake up one day and the best material has passed me by ? and that's going to happen," he said, "then it's time to move on. I've said what I wanted to say."


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"When I come back, wearing the 4-5 it ain't to play games with you, it's to aim at you, probably maim you. If I owe you I'm blowin you to smithereens."


I'm uncertain about this. I think the Black album was a great way to go out, and that album really loses alot when you listen to it and know that he has another album coming out 3 years later.

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I'm just not a fan. I liked Reasonable Doubt quite a bit...but that's about it.


Probably just should have gone with the "if you have nothing nice to say..." motto.

You're lucky you're so hot. Things in life don't come as easily for ugly people, just remember that. Although I'd know nothing about that either.

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The Roger Clemens of hiphop. I welcome him back 110%. While I do not hate his new stuff I wish he would take it back a bit like Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime 1. Both Great albums


Some of my alltime favorite Jay-Z cuts are:


D'Evils -

Feelin It - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwQs53c-5k4 (Didn't even know there was a video for this track)

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