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Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne

“Luxury Rap”. “The Hermes of Verses”. These two quotes taken from segments of Kanye West’s verse in “Otis” sum up the entire album’s tone. Possibly the most highly anticipated collaboration album in Rap history, Watch The Throne effortlessly proves once again, that Jay-Z and Kanye West are still at the height of their influence.

Having my 2 all-time favorite rappers together on one album is like a dream come true. Having their styles actually blend and compliment one and other, is so much more. From the ominous opening track “No Church In The Wild” to the album’s introspective (yet boastful) closer “Illest Motherfucker Alive”, both men bless fans with deep, well thought out and extremely rich insight.

Surprise: A much more personal side of both Jay and Ye is revealed throughout. Though both artists remain private (as possible) in the public eye, they each reveal things about themselves that fans and critics may not know. These candid truths may be indirect, or even cryptic, yet decoded they are actually quite endearing. HINT – Pay close attention to “New Day”.

Relief: Whenever an album is surrounded with as much hype and anticipation as this one, expectations tend to exceed quality. This was in no way the case throughout. Although there are several songs that are very experimental and even obscure, there is plenty of the nostalgic material to satisfy the expectations of die-hard fans.

Familiarity: For anyone that thought My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was genius, Watch The Throne will be your sequel. There are constant sonic similarities throughout the entire album. Kanye clearly had a great deal of control with the executive production, because his composer-esque influence was as clear as day.

After my 20th listen in just 2 days, I have formed a firm grasp on the content, intent and purpose of this album. Needless to say, I was thoroughly impressed. I had very high expectations going in, and I must say, they were undoubtedly surpassed. On August 12th, pick up the physical copy of Watch The Throne and read one of the most compelling, intriguing and uplifting chapters in Rap history.

Top 3 Songs

Lift Off (feat. Beyoncé)

Lift Off (Feat. Beyoncé)

Made in America (feat. Frank Ocean)

Made in America (Feat. Frank Ocean)

That’s My Bitch

That’s My Bitch

Love is cursed by monogamy.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I still have yet to listen to this. The lead in singles were enjoyable but nothing to tickle my fancy. I am happy that fans are really getting their moneys worth on this, and that their excitement over its content has been validated. It will take me time to muster up the desire to press play on this album, to hear that much Jay isn’t something I’m itching for. I have liked him more as of late, I just don’t know if that equates to an album length like. So happy you did a write up, I had my fingers crossed you would. 

    • Chris Elliott

      If you like the album, great! If not, also great. lol It’s an exquisite piece of finely crafted art and will undoubtedly go down as one of the best albums in rap’s history. I’m buying my hard-copy today and I can’t wait to floss it with the windows down. Cheaaa! Thanks for reading slime.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll probably leave you to love it. I still can’t find the right mind-state to appreciate the work that went into it. Glad you liked that video as well. Hope you do a blog on that. Much love my man!

  • Claravaz

    First off, the pics you chose are killer. Secondly unfortunately I have yet to hear the album, but I cant wait. Honestly, I love them. It took me a while to get on the Kanyeese bandwagon, but I think I’m on. What about Little Wayne though? I’m such a fan of his too…and where did Nas fall off too? I’m so confused. I can’t wait to get home and listen to this though!

    • Chris Elliott

       I think that you of all people will thoroughly enjoy this album. Like I said in the article, it’s “Luxury Rap”. In the truest sense. The composition behind the instrumentals and songwriting alike is astonishing to say the least. They are both such geniuses and for them to finally make a collaboration on this scale is nothing short of a blessing for their fans.

  • Claravaz
    • Chris Elliott

       Thanks for that! So much of what they said was true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

    I have to admit, I really don’t like Jay-Z as a rapper, and I really can’t stand Kanye as a person. However, they are both incredibly talented and are two of the best in their field. With the Otis Redding sample at the beginning of Otis, you’d be crazy not to enjoy it. I have yet to hear the entire album, but I’m sure it will live up to the hype. Great blog man!

    • Chris Elliott

      Thanks dude. Much appreciated. It’s definitely fun watching these guys make history! 

  • Anonymous

    Where in the world is Kardinal Offishall???

    • Chris Elliott

      ahahah No one gives a shit. He’s old news. ahahahaha Muahaahahaha

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