Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch the Throne
Just a few years ago, Kanye West had one of the most public meltdowns of recent memory on the MTV Music Awards, in the wake of the untimely death of his mother. After some time away from the limelight, West went to work on what would be the high-water mark of his already illustrious career with last year’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Never one to rest on his laurels, West took another bold step by teaming up with hip-hop luminary Jay-Z, to record #18 on my list: Watch the Throne. Just a glance at the album cover and you can get an idea of the message Jay-Z and West are trying to get across: that life is good and they know it. On the standout track “N****s in Paris” Jay-Z and West pretty much sum it all up. The duo raps about anything and everything (expensive watches, women, money, even the NY Nets), you name it. In fact, the timing of the album has struck some as odd given the times. Nevertheless, they still manage to sneak in some emo (“New Day”), a few disses (“Why I Love You”), and some fun (“Otis”). While the album is a bit uneven, it’s generally a strong effort, and whatever faults it may have must be taken into context, considering the might of these two artists.
Select Cuts: Niggas in Paris, Why I Love You, Illest Motherf*cker Alive