Monday, August 8, 2011

REVIEW: Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne

Watch the Throne was possibly the most anticipated album of the year and now it is finally here. Many fans and critics have deemed it an instant classic considering the fact that the makers are two of the biggest rap moguls to ever touch the genre of music. However, all of the opinions that were spread had no supportive evidence and were sometimes even biased views of haters. With that being said, it is clear to say that after listening to the entire album several times, these rap gurus do not disappoint AT ALL.

The first song features Odd Future's own, Frank Ocean, who sings the hook over this Kanye and 88-keys production. "No Church In The Wild" sports some deep lyrics that focus on religion and philosophical ideas that the world overlooks. "Tears on the mausoleum floor, blood stains the coliseum door, lies on the lips of the priests, Thanksgiving disguised as a feast." The wise words of Jay-Z.

"Lift Off" spotlights none other than Beyonce who belts out the chorus with the help of a singing Kanye. The complex production instantly grabs your attention and forces you to listen.

"N***as In Paris" features a super grimy, bass-heavy beat that has the capability of waking up your neighborhood. The lyrics definitely lack any kind of modesty as Jay-Z raps about how $50,000 is nothing to him anymore. Kanye states, "Prince Williams ain't do it right if you ask me / If I was him I would've married Kate & Ashley." The track also features several Will Ferrell samples from the movie, "Blades of Glory".

The soulful track, "Otis", features samples from the great Otis Redding who screams out the lyrics from his song, "Try a Little Tenderness", over the instrumental. This production is very reminiscent of the Kanye that we know who uses old soul samples with a simple yet catchy bass-line. Both rappers kill this creative beat with their materialistic lyrics.

"Gotta Have It" was produced by the Neptunes and contains samples from the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Jay-Z raps "I wish I could give you this feeling / I'm planking on a million / I'm riding through yo hood / You can bank I ain't got no ceiling." This track is one of my top 5 on the album.

The next track, "New Day", is definitely one that stands out from the rest. The rappers explain their views on the world and their experiences by stating how they would raise their fictional unborn sons. This lyric-heavy song really shows the maturity of Mr. West and Mr. Carter. Kanye raps, "See I just want him to have an easy life / Not like Yeezy life / Just want 'em to be someone people like / Don't want him to be hated all time judged."

"That's My Bitch" features additional vocals from Elly (La Roux) Jackson, Public Enemy, and Justin Vernon. It also samples James Browns, "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved". It has a really uptempo beat with a tastefully disrespectable chorus that is definitely worthy of more than one listen.

"Welcome To The Jungle" is a lyrically emotional track that almost didn't even make the album. Instead it is one of the best tracks on this masterpiece. Jay-Z shows way more emotion than we are used to. He  states, "My uncle died, my daddy did too / I'm numb from the pain, I can barely move / My nephew gone, my heart is torn / Sometimes I look to the sky ask why I was born." WOW.

"Who Gonna Stop Me" is a genius beat that spews bass. It is a dubstep remake of Flux Pavillions "I Can't Stop" Kanye kills it with lyrics like this, "Niggas talking, they bitch made / Ix-nay off my dicks-nay / That's pig latin, Itch-bay!" This is definitely one of those songs that you put on repeat.

"Murder To Excellence" Is a dual production containing the first segment, "Murder" by Swizz Beats and the latter, "Excellence" by S1. This track is a banger and has some dope lyrics to go with it. Kanye and Jay-Z address the violence that is present in today's society and also specifically black on black murder. This track is one my personal favorites.

"Made in America" is a smooth electronic beat with a soft piano that resonates in the background. Frank Ocean sings the hook on this soulful track and proves that he is here to stay while Jay explains his success story.

"Why I Love You" features G.O.O.D. Music's artist Mr. Hudson. Jay-Z comes strong on the first and second verse. Then Kanye comes in and trades lines with Shawn Carter as the beat elevates and the violins progress. This song is definitely a great finale for Watch The Throne.

WTT album is a definitely a highpoint for current hip hop. This is my favorite rap album since Kanye's, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It's available for purchase on iTunes now but won't be released in stores until August 12th. WTT is a must-have for all hip hop fans.

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