CULTURE

JAY-Z

‘Kingdom Come’ He finally changed his mind and didn’t retire – as he had declared following the release of his previous album four years ago. «Kingdom Come» marks a return to action for Jay-Z, the superstar rapper, songwriter, producer and head figure at the multinational record label Defjam. The long list of contributors to this latest Jay-Z project include R&B singer and pianist John Legend, musical celebrity partner Beyonce, and Usher. The 37-year-old’s rapping here is sharp and the album has it all. There’s energy, imagination, excellent interpretation and songs that will stick around for quite a while, such as the sax-based «Show Me What You Got» and «Beach Chair,» which Jay-Z shares with new pal Chris Martin from Coldplay.