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Date: Jan 08 2007


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Rapper Jay-Z’s got a new album out. One of the most influential and successful hip hop artists of the ‘90s, Jay-Z decided to leave the music business behind a few years ago. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Beyonce, has become an international superstar.

Jay-Z worked on a couple of projects after his retirement, but he recently decided to record another album.

Listen to Amanda and Kevin talk about Kingdom Come.


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Kevin:  I’m thinking of buying Jay-Z’s new album, Kingdom Come, for a friend of mine who I know used to be a big Jay-Z fan, but I haven’t heard it.

Amanda:  Do you like this friend?

Kevin:  Yes.

Amanda:  OK. You might wanna consider getting him something else.

Kevin:  Really? Why?

Amanda:  Yeah. My take on it is… I don’t know if you remember, but about three years ago, he had that kind of faux retirement.

Kevin:  Yeah.

Amanda:  There was this huge hoopla about… he’s so hot you might as well walk away. And there’s something to be said for that. If you’re at the height of your career and you walk, people remember you as a legend and there’s all the “Aaa”...

Kevin:  Yep.

Amanda:  So he walked away for three years. But his girlfriend is doing so hot. She’s in the media, movies, her album…

Kevin:  She’s pretty great… smokin’!

Amanda:  I kinda feel like he felt like he wanted a little piece of action again. Came back three years later with Kingdom Come and it’s just so-so. He’s kinda tired.

Kevin:  Really?

Amanda:  And even a lot of the lyrics, he’s talking about how he’s reluctant, he doesn’t really want to be out there doing it, but he’s doin’ it anyway to do it. So with all that why even bother?

Kevin:  So it there anything new about it or is it very…

Amanda:  It’s the same stuff except for the fact that in the lyrics he’s talking about doesn’t wanna do it. Why bother?

Kevin:  Well, I’ll by something else then.



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Amanda is not impressed with Jay-Z’s latest album. She says that he used to be great. Now his girlfriend is in the spotlight, so he’s giving it another try. But Amanda says he seems tired and unenthusiastic.

Are you a Jay-Z fan?

Have you heard Kingdom Come?



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