The extremely anticipated collaboration between Kanye West and Jay-Z “Watch the Throne” is here. I will leave it to everybody that my review of this experiment between two of the biggest heavyweights in hip-hop is nothing but lackluster.
Jay-Z has been the most consistent emcee of the past 15 years ever since his debut album “Reasonable Doubt”. Not everything that Jay-Z has released musically has been pure gold, but one thing is certain he is one of the most popular artists and best-selling emcees of all time, with classic albums such as “The Blueprint” and “The Black Album.”
Kanye West, a protege of Jay-Z, is an artist of similar character. Kanye West has been a very popular artist over the years but has recently become more “pop” artist than an hip-hop MC. Kanye doesn’t have the overall talents lyrically as Jay-Z but can more than hold his own.
Widely anticipated for the past year, “Watch the Throne” is the first complete collaboration between the two artists despite each have contributed to the others albums on several occasions. “Watch the Throne” seems to be an experiment of sorts when it comes to the musical display on the album.
The lead single “Otis” featuring a sample of Otis Redding is the one of the standouts in the album. “H*A*M*” is one of my favorite songs on the album and will be played heavily in the car while driving, though if you plan to buy the album, be aware that the track is only on the deluxe edition of the album.
The other major standout on the “Watch the Throne” collab is “Made in America”.
Several weak points do exist in “Watch the Throne”. For example, too much experimenting on the samples and auto-tunes by Kanye West. This was one of my main problems with Kanye West “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” I was also very irate that Jay-Z and Kanye put “That’s my B****” on the final tracklist, which is a song that has been circulating the internet for nearly a year.
Fans of Kanye West and Jay-Z, “Watch the Throne” is an album for you, as the casual hip-hop fans might not enjoy it as much. It feels like a rushed or lackluster attempt of an collab between two of the most well-known hip-hop artist of the past decade.
Check out “Watch the Throne” but don’t be in a immediate rush like many people where at 12:01 A.M. this Monday August 8, 2011.