Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne

Artist: Jay-Z & Kanye West
Album: Watch The Throne
Release date: August 8, 2011
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Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Review & Overview)

Wow, where do I even start? OK so yes the album has broken a record set by Coldplay for the most iTunes downloads of an album during its first week of release, Otis is a pretty epic single and H.A.M had it’s time in the sun. That being said I’m immensely disappointed in this album……..At first, which is my own fault because I over anticipated it due to the two people who were involved. You have Jay-Z  the greatest rapper alive who’s last album Blueprint 3 is considered a classic and Kanye West who’s recent My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album took us on a musical journey none other for 2010.

We all were expecting something great, words like ground breaking, innovative, epic come to mind when we thought about what the album would sound like. When I firts listened to the album I was thinking I can’t believe I only like 3 songs on the whole album, since I’m analyzing music on a day to day basis I found my self holding the album to a different standard than the average music fan would. So I took few steps back, played it a few times on the computer, iPod, and the in the whip for a couple days.

After a few days of listening to the album I feel allot different about the record now, Otis is still my jam, Lift Off has grown on me, Gotta Have ItWelcome To The JungleMurder To Excellence and Why I Love You are all fire.

I still feel like album is all over the place though as far as theme is concerned, which creatively is expected when you have two leaders attempting to lead on the same album. I appreciate the fact that they kept the features to a minimum and didn’t leave all the production to Kanye. It’s not a home run by any means when you consider who’s involved, but for me personally I went from saying WTF is this to saying it’s not that bad to now playing it at least once a day.

I give it a 4/5.

That might be a little biased due to the fact that I’m a super Hova fan and Kanye as well.

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Oh yeah what’s with that 3 minutes of silence on the Illest Motherf**ker Alive track? SMH!

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    Lukey E
    Lukey E

    THE ALBUM IS TIGHT..END OF..... It takes a few listens to grow on you for sure. One or 2 tracks are not the best but the album on a whole is historic. The more I listen the more I love this. Kanye smashes it on this and I actually think he outshines Jigga. But a solid album from both of them. No Church in the Wild - Good intro track. Frank Ocean helps with his vocals. 4/5 Lift Off - Brilliant track. Again, Influenced by Beyonce. 5/5 Niggas in Paris - Heavy B-Line. Punchy Lyrics. 5/5 Gotta Have it - Not my favourite track. Need more time with this 3/5 New Day - Was hard to call but this loses out at being the best song on the album. Hard Lyrics. perfect track from these 2. 5/5 Thats My Bitch - Kanye kills it on this. Good track 4/5 Welcome to The Jungle - Good track. 4/5 Who Gon Stop Me - Love this. Beat is great 5/5 Murder to Excellence - Is for me the best track on here. Hard lyrics with true meaning. 6/5 Made In America - Another beautiful track with Frank O on lyrics. Uplifting track for me 5/5 Why I love You - Dont really like this 3/5 Illest Mother Fucker Alive - is an Anthem (when it decides to kick in 3 odd minutes later)Again up there with the best 5/5 Ham - Good track pumping base line. 4/5 Primetime - Need it to grow on me more. Good production 4/5 The Joy - At this point I want more energy but calms me down. Wasnt to keen but give it time 3/5 And Iv missed Otis off here because that a bonified classic already! Im gonna listen to Carter IV tonight but i think im going to be disappointed!

    xyz123
    xyz123

    BP3 a classic??? ehhh.... lol but I think every single Kanye album has been no less than amazing, including 808's.. and Jay is the best rapper alive, easily. Kanye can match him, but Jay just has "it".. and the album was dope as hell.. Beats are good.. I wanted to see more Kanye production though.. and The best part about the album is the fact that people don't get it... The raps about money isnt just bragging, but its a statement... To things in society and the hierarchy

    Tytan
    Tytan

    I hate to say this but I think most people can't understand the album because of the money talk. This cd is about how white people control the money and public opinion once you get money. Its more about us talking our power back

    sd
    sd

    hehe

    Alex Place
    Alex Place

    J Cole addresses that conscious, real shit-- "funny how money chains and whips make me feel free"-- but he doesn't do it on wack beats. WTT is a FLOP plain and simple chozen. A couple decent songs dont make up for the fact that the album doesn't bang and is almost unlistenable.

    liam
    liam

    i agree in some sense, they poured there heart and sold into this album you can tell in there voices. and some of the sickest beats of all time. we excepted the unexcpeted from the two gods but all in all it was still better then other albums we have seen this year the only other album im lookin foward to is the games.... weezy is a bust the F.A.M.E maybe was chris brown best album but was still a bust compared to other artists. hell the squel was good in my opion but it was kinda like laserz so the same that after half a dozen listens your sick of the song... the throne you can listen to songs like murder to exellence, we made it in america, chruch, and many more songs over and over again

    Guilteh'
    Guilteh'

    Jay Z Best Rapper Alive SMH! He was never a lyrical genius in the first place just had a tight flow and his flow was off in almost every son on the Album, but imo Kanye is so much better then Hova and proved it on the album all together the Album is over - rated purely because of the two artist it feels like they didn't put any effort into the Album

    Secret Swag
    Secret Swag

    Made feeling and effort was put in to it. I think the album is amazing. Tracks like New Day and Murder To Excellence bring out a more sensitive side. "I might make him be republican so everyone know we like white people" You dont hear other artist addressing shit like that in there songs

    clarkie
    clarkie

    my illest m********* alive was messed up too. i thought my itunes mightve messed it up and moved some of the intro of the track onto the end of other songs (whatever that is at the end of new day, welcome to the jungle, no church in the wild. all the same shit. annoying as hell too). couldve been a much better album but should make for some dope ass shows on their tour

    Alex Place
    Alex Place

    Yo Chozen. Tell it like it's-- I give you credit for hinting at it. The album was a flop. Period. The lyrics aren't there, the beats are subpar. WTT is a big disappointment for me. I expected something crazy. O well... I am a lifelong Kanye fan, and have put him as #1 hip hop artist in my book. I loved College Dropout, Late Registration, and MBDTF is EPIC. J Cole is going to make Jay and Ye look like fools. Cole's got that conscious rap that our country needs to hear. Cole World: The Sideline Story... J Cole is going to make WTT look like garbage. ps. Loso's Way 2 will also shit on WTT. Peace

    Mike
    Mike

    Finally! Come on Chozen do more reviews more often! The last one was Wiz but you missed albums like Finally Famous, F.A.M.E, Hell: The Sequel, Give the Drummer Some, and more! I love reading your reviews and coming to this site to know what albums to get but its unfortunate how little you do them. And yours was silent too?! Good I thought I just got a bad copy.

    Chozen
    Chozen

    Can't believe I didn't do F.A.M.E, that's my shit and Chris Brown's best album thus far.

    liam
    liam

    yes but compared to every other aritits it was a bust