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Jay-Z sets release date for 'Kingdom Come'
Jay-Z's comeback album, Kingdom Come, has been confirmed for a Nov. 21 release date via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. The video for the single "Show Me What You Got" debuts Oct. 16. The track's official radio add date isn't until next week, but based on early airplay of a leaked version, it is poised for a major debut on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In the F. Gary Gray-directed clip, Jay-Z races NASCAR driver Danica Patrick through the winding roads of Monaco in a sports car piloted by fellow racing star Dale Earnhardt Jr. Later, Jay frolics on a speedboat, at a luxurious party and at a casino. On the album's sparse title track, Jay references Iceberg Slim, Pimp C and Bun B while reassuring the listening public that he's back as hip-hop's savior: "The Bruce Wayne of the game / have no fear / when you need me just throw your Roc signs in the air." Kingdom Come also features collaborations with Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid told Billboard on Tuesday during a listening session, "This is the biggest album of the year." Jay-Z is in the midst of an international tour to raise awareness about the world's water crisis, which will be chronicled in an MTV special debuting Nov. 24.

-- Billboard

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