Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch The Throne

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Jay-Z & Kanye West
Watch The Throne
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Overrated.

Wait, excuse me. I meant to say highly overrated. And that’s me being polite.

Watch The Throne, the long awaited collaboration between Jay-Z and Kanye West, has finally been released, but frankly, the album might have benefitted from some more time in the studio—it feels incredibly rushed and offers very little when it comes to originality. Then again, it’s not the first time an album’s been hyped up only to disappoint (Chinese Democracy, anyone?)

Let’s start with the positive. The album’s opening track, “No Church in the Wild” makes for a strong opening. The beat is strong and bass drum-heavy, complemented with a unique synthesizer riff. Jay-Z and Kanye both deliver with fun lyrics, and plenty of autotune. The song’s a great display of the combination of these superstars’ production abilities, and is the most original thing the album has to offer.

The biggest hit off of Watch The Throne thus far is “Otis,” an exhilarating, upbeat song that features a heavy sampling of the late Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” Frankly, the song is genius; the lyrics flow so well, and Jay-Z and Kanye do a great job of challenging each other in this complementary relationship. Let’s be serious here, nothing that features Redding’s soulful voice is going to sound anything short of excellent.

But then, the rest of the album happens.

Just about every song is so incredibly packed with autotune—especially so in the choruses—that it detracts from the rest of the song. For example, the chorus  of “New Day” sounds so robotic, that they take away from Kanye rapping about how he’s going to raise his son Republican so everyone knows he likes white people….seriously.

Eventually, the album just gets repetitive, with Jay-Z and Kanye rapping about how much money they have, how many cars they own, and how many titties they’ve each bought their girlfriends (“That’s My Bitch”)…again, seriously.

Overall, the album just acts as medium for a “who-has-a-bigger-penis” contest between Jay-Z and Kanye…and the winner is Beyonce.

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