/  09.13.2006

Details are beginning to surface about Jay-Z’s long-rumored comeback album, which will be his first since announcing his retirement three years ago and becoming president of Def Jam. The new disc is reportedly titled “Kingdom Come” and due in November via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. It is expected to feature production from Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Kanye West and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

In July, Pharrell Williams told Billboard.com the Neptunes are also producing tracks for the album. As previously reported, Hype Williams will direct the music video for the first single, which is said to be “Show Me What You Got.”

Although Jay-Z’s last studio effort was 2003’s “The Black Album,” which has sold 3.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rapper has since appeared on songs by Beyonce, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, among others.

“You all are hearing things from me — you just haven’t heard an album,” he told Billboard.com last September. “Who knows? I’m still going in the studio, getting on remixes and things like that. But it’s the people. When people want something bad enough, it happens. And they want it bad (laughs). I’m trying to hold out, but I don’t know how long I can.”

The artist 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. The trek hits Amsterdam on Friday (Sept. 15).


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