Call it a purposeful retirement. If such a thing exists. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter walked away from the game to prove a point. That's how he walked away. And damn if his detractors aren't eating crow now. After he exited stage left we saw the rise of some of the worst Rap to date. Sure there were shining moments here and there. Kanye did his part. Common's done his job. But the genre's been decidedly different. And just that quickly... He's back. Thank God for small favors. Wait, slow up slick 'fore you start shoveling a bunch of shit at me for writing a fluff piece for Jay. That ain't what this is about. Well, at least not entirely. Yeah, I'm a fan... Sue me. I dare you to tell me he ain't worthy of "greatest of all-time" consideration now (and trust me I got an argument waiting on you, Kon). He went on a near three year hiatus as a featured artist. Left it all at the top of his form. Shook the top spot to play executive. Three years later... He strolls back in and reclaims the top spot with a damn commercial for crying out loud. I've been waiting, you've been waiting (shut up you have). Now he's back to, if nothing else, push these Rap kids to at least come with their very best. The minstrel show may be on the verge of being cancelled. Ultimately, I'm just glad he's back to push that competitive spirit and force these cornballs to do good music again. With Ye, Common, Lupe, Kwe, The Roots and a few other acts accompanying him... Things seem to be looking up. We need as much good Rap as we can find... That is all... Carry on.