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A lot of rappers and musicians talk of doing albums together but these albums never really materialize. It’s understandable considering these artists are busy touring and taking care of their personal obligations to labels and other commitments that are not familiar to us all.
So you could understand why many were skeptical about Watch The Throne, an album being recorded by two rappers who have proclaimed themselves the greatest rappers alive.
After months of rumors, a song called H.A.M was released featuring both rappers; at that point I wasn’t sure whether to rejoice at the possibility of this actually happening or whether I should feel some disappointment about the song itself. Now we are in late July and a track list has surfaced after a listening party in which Jay Z reportedly played several songs off the highly anticipated album.
Last week, a song titled “Otis” after the great Otis Redding was released, not sure if the song itself will be on the album or the bonus tracks added on, but both legends sounded hungry and in great lyrical form.
The album art also surfaced, a little later than most people expected given the fact that the album is scheduled to be released early august—august 8th to be exact. The cover is in line with an album being released by Kanye, in that it is very artistic, different, with a bit of royalty added on; it fits the title of the album, all that remains now is the music, the lyrics and the emotions behind them.
This album will be the first for both men together, Watch the Throne will be Jay Z’s return to recording since the classic Blue Print 3, his latest number 1 album; also Kanye’s return since his last effort, My Beautiful Dark Fantasy which was also a classic in the eyes of many.
Featuring on this album will be his wife Beyonce, who has just released her own number one album titled 4 and newcomer Frank Ocean who is being viewed as the heir apparent to the R&B Throne; it’s only fitting that he would be on this album with rap royalty.
This is definitely one of the most anticipated albums of the year without a traditional approach to being released; there is no video as of yet with us being only weeks away. But then again, this is Jay Z and Kanye, how much promotion do they really need?
Music fans everywhere know about this album whether they are rap fans or not, name recognition will get them to the top of the music world alone, but only the music will keep them there.
We will find out in 2 weeks or so where this album will be ranked in comparison to their individual releases, after all, these two giants have no equals in the rap world or the music industry.