Kingdom Come was Hov’s first album after a short retirement. Just in advance of the album’s release, he proved he was still at the top of his game with one of his greatest freestyles. But the resulting album, despite its dope-ass title track, disappointed many
Engineer Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton convinced Hov to make BP2 a double album. Guru told Complex:
It wasn’t the same quality as The Blueprint. If I had not pushed this double album concept and just made it 12 songs, it would’ve been an incredible album. I had 25 records from Jay so I’m like, ‘We gotta do a double album.’
Jay was like, ‘Nah, I don’t need no double album.’ I’m like, ‘Nah B, all the greats like 2Pac and Biggie did double disks. To put you in that league, [you have to do one.]
It was a serious campaign. Me and Hip Hop [Kyamobo Joshua, then Rocafella A&R] were the ones that were seriously arguing [to do a double disc]. We look at Jay’s career from the outside, so we’re like in order to be on the same level as Big and Pac, [you have to do a double disc]. They both had double albums that were like perfection, especially Big’s.
When you’re doing a double album, and you really only have 17 songs, you start to do filler records. Then we do songs like ‘As One.’ We should’ve never did that.
We were close. That was really my fault. Hip Hop had a little bit to do with it too. It was a mistake, you learn from your mistakes. It was my bad. There’s gems on there but it has a lot of filler too.
In the record’s defense, it has a ton of great and iconic songs, and would likely have been in the top five if it lost some of the deadweight
Interestingly, in present-day America, the best-informed people tend to be those who listen to NPR:
[The study by Farleigh Dickinson University showed that p]eople who watch MSNBC and CNN exclusively can answer more questions about domestic events than people who watch no news at all. People who only watch Fox did much worse. NPR listeners answered more questions correctly than people in any other category
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