Kingdom Come was the first Jay-Z album released since 2003's The Black Album, which had been widely hyped as Jay-Z's "retirement" album. The video for that album's hit single "99 Problems" had ended with Jay-Z going down in a hail of gunfire. Jay-Z stated in interviews that that scene represented the "death" of Jay-Z and the "rebirth" of Shawn Carter. Because of this, Jay-Z had originally planned to released Kingdom Come under the name of Shawn Carter, but decided in the end to release it under his more-famous stage name.
Past collaborators Kanye West and particularly Just Blaze made significant contributions to the album's production. This is the first time Dr. Dre has played a substantial role in a Jay-Z album, as he produced four beats and mixed every song on the album. Relatively unknown newcomers B-Money, Scyience, and DJ Khalil also contributed to the album's production, as well as Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin.
Kingdom Come's opening track "The Prelude" features the additional vocals and the return of Pain in da Ass who often featured on some of Jay-Z's earlier album introductions impersonating characters from movies such as Scarface, GoodFellas, and Carlito's Way. This sample music in the background is also used on the Quasimoto track, "Axe Puzzles" off the 2000 The Unseen.
The Album received positive reviews from most critics.
|1||"The Prelude"||S. Carter, B. Hughes, M. James||B-Money||Pain In Da Ass||2:44|
|2||"Oh My God"||S. Carter, J. Smith, G. Allman||Just Blaze||4:18|
|3||"Kingdom Come"||S. Carter, J. Smith||Just Blaze||4:24|
|4||"Show Me What You Got"||S. Carter, J. Smith, J. Boxley, C. Ridenhour, E. Sadler, M. McEwan, J. Pate||Just Blaze||3:43|
|5||"Lost One"||S. Carter, A. Young, M. Batson, D. Parker, C. Payne||Dr. Dre||Chrisette Michele||3:44|
|6||"Do U Wanna Ride"||S. Carter, J. Stephens, K. West||Kanye West||John Legend||5:29|
|7||"30 Something"||S. Carter, A. Young, M. Batson, D. Parker||Dr. Dre||4:13|
|8||"I Made It"||S. Carter, K. Abdul-Rahman, D. Winslow||DJ Khalil and Sahir Kabani||3:28|
|9||"Anything"||S. Carter, P. Williams, U. Raymond||The Neptunes||Usher, Pharrell||4:22|
|10||"Hollywood"||S. Carter, S. Smith, R. Perry||Scyience||Beyoncé||4:18|
|11||"Trouble"||S. Carter, A. Young, M. Batson, C. Pope, D. Parker||Dr. Dre and Mark Batson||4:53|
|12||"Dig a Hole"||S. Carter, K. Dean, S. Garrett||Swizz Beatz||Sterling Simms||4:11|
|13||"Minority Report"||S. Carter, A. Young, M. Batson, D. Parker, S. Smith, D. Fumo, E. DeCurtis||Dr. Dre and Sahir Kabani||Ne-Yo||4:34|
|14||"Beach Chair"||S. Carter, C. Martin, R. Simpson||Chris Martin||Chris Martin||5:09|
iTunes, Napster, and UK bonus track
|15||"44 Fours" (Bonus track)||S. Carter, D. Willis||3:08|
- "Keep the Faith" by Mel & Tim
Oh My God
- "Whipping Post" by Genya Ravan
Show Me What You Got contains elments from *"Rump Shaker" by Wreckx-N-Effect
- "Shaft in Africa" by Johnny Pate
- "Show ‘Em Whatcha Got" by Public Enemy
- "Darkest Light" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band
Dig a Hole "Contains sampled copyrighted material under license from Tappan Zee Records, Inc" Minority Report
- "Non Ti Scordar Di Me" by Luciano Pavarotti
The limited edition version of the CD was only released in the U.K and Ireland.It features not only the bonus track but also a live concert of Jay-Z in Britain and the making and behind the scenes footage of several videos.
There was also a limited special edition released in the U.S. that was available as the original explicit and an edited or clean version. This version contained the original album, and a bonus DVD with concert type of footage. It came packaged in a slip case, with a booklet that contained an exclusive cover.