Album: Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
It was too hard to predict what the final product would be when raps two biggest superstars came together. Sure, the lads have always had an input in each others work but a split album with both names sharing equal status on the cover marked a different collaboration. Would it be a Black album or a Blueprint 3? Thankfully, it’s in the league of the former.
Filler, the very thing which made Jay-Z’s later Blueprint releases tiresome, doesn’t rear its head once in this 16 track triumph. Like Kanye’s MBDTF, there’s a sense that any track could follow ‘Otis’ and ‘Why I Love You’ as a potential single. The variation across the LP makes this release all the more impressive.
In tracks 2, 3 and 4 the duo take us from feel good heights of the epic ‘Lift Off’, through the gritty charm of ‘Ni**as in Paris’ and into the soulful masterpiece ‘Otis’, where both manage to hit new levels of suave.
The bar never really drops throughout the album. Even 2.21 minute ‘Gotta Have It’ and ‘New Day’ with it’s autotune sample of ‘Feeling Good’ retain the head-bouncing charisma of opening track ‘No Church in the Wild.’