Wait, excuse me. I meant to say highly overrated. And thatâ€™s me being polite.
Watch The Throne,Â 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 studioâ€”it feels incredibly rushed and offers very little when it comes to originality. Then again, itâ€™s not the first time an albumâ€™s been hyped up only to disappoint (Chinese Democracy, anyone?)
Letâ€™s start with the positive. The albumâ€™s opening track, â€œNo Church in the Wildâ€ 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 songâ€™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 ofÂ Watch The ThroneÂ thus far is â€œOtis,â€ an exhilarating, upbeat song that features a heavy sampling of the late Otis Reddingâ€™s â€œTry a Little Tenderness.â€ 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. Letâ€™s be serious here, nothing that features Reddingâ€™s soulful voice is going to sound anything short of excellent.
Just about every song is so incredibly packed with autotuneâ€”especially so in the chorusesâ€”that it detracts from the rest of the song. For example, the chorus Â of â€œNew Dayâ€ sounds so robotic, that they take away from Kanye rapping about how heâ€™s going to raise his son Republican so everyone knows he likes white peopleâ€¦.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 theyâ€™ve each bought their girlfriends (â€œThatâ€™s My Bitchâ€)â€¦again, seriously.
Overall, the album just acts as medium for a â€œwho-has-a-bigger-penisâ€ contest between Jay-Z and Kanyeâ€¦and the winner is Beyonce.