The return of the king



The King of Hip-Hop is back!

Like the greatest basketball player of all time, I knew the king of hip-hop would be back... Like MJ, Jay Z left the rap scene because he felt he had nothing else to prove. And like #23, Hova came back because he couldn't stay out of the game for too long...

But is his return worth it? When MJ came un-retired for the second time and joined the Washington Wizards, I was totally against it... Of course, it was great to watch the greatest playing basketball again but after a 3 years hiatus, I was certain he wouldn't be able to play like the way he did and there was a strong possibility that he would tarnish his legacy...

Take MJ's last game with the bulls: down by a point, his last deed on the defensive end of the game was stripping the ball off Karl Malone for a steal that led to - as history knows it by now, "the last shot" that won the Bulls their 6th NBA championships, his last act on the offensive end of the game.

With the "Last Shot", MJ should have never come back to the game. And when did, my worst fears proved true: MJ's return was a total disaster and it was sad and painful to see the greatest making a fool of himself in the court. Naturally, there were games when he showed instances of brilliance and domination but overall, his comeback was a total waste. Lucky for him and for his millions of fans, his legacy remained in tact despite this futile comeback bid.

When Jigga Man announced his retirement in 2003 with the Black Album, he already foretold his return in the track Encore "When I come back like Jordan, wearin' the 4-5/It ain't to play games witchu" and after 3 years - just like MJ - he came back with the Kingdom Come album and fittingly, in the first track "Show me what you've got", he boasts "I am the Mike Jordan of recordin'/You might wanna fall back from recordin"...

Jay Z's return should be great news for all his fans like me, right? If truth be told, we were not allowed to miss Jay Z like the way we missed MJ. How could you miss your favorite rapper when, after his 'retirement', he released two mashed-up albums (with Linkin Park and R. Kelly) and played Beyonce's boyfriend, making him a permanent tabloid fixture? Similar to MJ's last game with the Bulls, Jigga Man bowed out in style - sold out concert in MSG, multi-platinum selling album and more importantly, he went out being the undisputed king of hip-hop.

But his 'un-retirement, officially today with the release of the 'Kingdom Come', is not as memorable as MJ's... Jay Z was being un-Jay Z like. Before the official release of the album today, he went around the world to promote it and even on the eve of the release, he went on a 7-cities tour within 24 hours for 30-minutes mini-concerts around the US... Have you ever heard of Jay Z doing such a thing in the past? No!!! So, what gives?

The new album, in my honest opinion is a total whack! His rhymes and delivery are still off the hook but it lacks the normal dose of Jay Z beats that always accompany his tracks. Despite having an all-star cast of producers - Kanye, Dre, The Neptunes, Just Blaze, Swizz Beats - I find it somehow flat... Of all his 11 albums to date, this is by far the worst...

I guess he spent too much time living the life that befits his royalty status; that maybe he has lost the right to rhyme about the streets and the hustling, now that he no longer is from Macy Projects... Whatever it is, he needs to have a serious look of what he is now and then rhyme about it...

And hopefully, like MJ, for his sake and his millions of fans, he could recapture his glory days...

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