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    NEW YORK - Call him the Michael Jordan of rap. Jay-Z, who declared that 2003's "The Black Album" would be his last, is coming out retirement and releasing a new CD.

    "Kingdom Come" will hit stores this fall, Entertainment Weekly magazine reports in its new issue, due on newsstands Monday.

    "It was the worst retirement in history," Jay told the magazine.

    Actually, his post-retirement career looked pretty good. In 2004, the rap icon (real name: Shawn Carter) became president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. He became part owner of the New Jersey Nets that same year. Also on his resume: Not-So-Secret Boyfriend of Beyonce.

    Despite naysayers' doubts, the 36-year-old Jay-Z thought he was retired from music-making: "I believed it, yeah. I believed it for two years."

    But since his "retirement," he's gone on a world tour, performed on hit records with Beyonce and other entertainers, and had a profile higher than most working rappers. There were rumblings that he was working on a new album. And in an interview with The Associated Press this summer, he said he was thinking about coming out of retirement.

    He told Entertainment Weekly that he began tinkering in the studio over the summer.

    "Something, when you love it, is always tugging at you and itching, and I was putting it off and putting it off. I started fumbling around to see if it felt good," he said.

    The result: "Kingdom Come."

    The disc is "more in the vein of `The Black Album' than `The Blueprint,'" he tells the magazine. "I've been experimenting with things, different types of music."

    He's already recruited some A-list producer-collaborators: Timbaland, Kanye West and Dr. Dre. Even Coldplay frontman Chris Martin produced a track called "Beach Chair," he said.

    So — for real now — when does he plan to retire?

    "If I wake up one day and the best material has passed me by — and that's going to happen," he said, "then it's time to move on. I've said what I wanted to say."

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    he just cant leave rap alone, can he?

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    Kingdom come is gonna be a classic i cant wait for that even though he lied about retiring i dont care. Im glad hes back, the game needs him and i look forward to his album dropping

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    Black Album I think will still be better than Kingdom Come that was a grown man album and it was a classy album....cant wait to here KC when it comes out...the game does need him rap has sucked for a long time and it still will overall....but he is the shinning star in it...

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    nothing will beat reasonable doubt

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    I dumb down for my audience
    And double my dollars
    They criticize me for it
    Yet they all yell "Holla"
    If skills sold
    Truth be told
    I'd probably be
    Lyricly
    Talib Kweli
    Truthfully
    I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
    (But i did five Mil)
    I ain't been rhymin like Common since
    When your sense got that much in common
    And you been hustlin since
    Your inception
    **** perception
    Go with what makes sense
    Since
    I know what i'm up against
    We as rappers must decide what's most impor-tant
    And i can't help the poor if i'm one of them
    So i got rich and gave back
    To me that's the win, win
    The next time you see the homie and his rims spin
    Just know my mind is workin just like them

    Nuff said...

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