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    Why Doubt Watch The Throne? BrooklynBodega.com columnist, Run P argues for the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration


    Annually, artists and labels alike make these intense marketing pushes to get fan salivating for some new crack music to fulfill that oratory fix. Unfortunately, the other yearly tradition is disappointment. These set album dates come and go like night and day, leaving us empty handed or more realistically with more empty space on our hard drives. This happened recently with J Cole, Pharoahe Monch and most notably the Fiasco himself.

    Taking this into account — along with Kanye West’s successful weekly leak series, G.O.O.D. Friday — it’s arguable that the Chicago emcee’s crusade beat some music and Hip-Hop enthusiasts over the head one too many times. Whether you’re a fan of Hip-Hop’s makeshift dynamic duo of Jay-Z and Yeezy, there’s no denying Watch The Throne even if it’s simply in your peripheral. Despite the auditory overdose, buzz continued to build until the release of the hi-hat infested lead single, “H.A.M.” Many were quick to label the track weak, but made sure to clarify when challenged by stating that is was sub par. While the track didn’t halt progress by any means, more and more “Hip-Hop heads” seem to question whether they’re anxious for the release of the upcoming EP turned LP.

    While both Roc-A-Fella affiliates have a pretty pristine record when it comes to this music shit, they have experienced some bumps in the road. Whether you’re talking about Kingdom Come or 808s & Heartbreaks, one would have to be living under a rock to not know that both releases have been accepted by the masses as relatively subpar. These ventures, with the exception of Hova and R Kelly’s craptastic collaboration, Best of Both Worlds 2, are more widely respected than appreciated by the Hip-Hop community. That being said, we all need to realize that people sometimes need a Nastradamus or an Electric Circus. Do we even get My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or the handful of sonically different joints by Jay (i.e. “On to the Next One”, “Young Forever”, and “Run This Town”) without their two prior projects? Regardless of opinion we’ve got to keep in mind that when you reach this echelon, it’s more about the music because the rap has already been mastered more or less. Keeping this in mind, their creative direction can catch us off guard at times and it was quite evident with the Q-Tip produced, “That’s My Bitch” which for better or worse fell on deaf ears. So herein lie the questions, “Should we expect Watch The Throne to be another Best of Both World 2, an album that most Jay-Z fans ignore as if it never happened?”, and “Will we just get bunch of strategic songs like “H.A.M.”?

    Yes, “H.A.M.” was a left field track in terms of how typical the production was with two generally atypical artists in this Lex Luger era. Nonetheless, people, especially now, are quick to forget the amount of top tier and timeless material these dudes have put out. Very few individuals have managed to actually construct tracks ranging from “The Bounce” to “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” Remix. These dudes are literally batting about .750 depending on how you feel with at least three home runs. Not to mention that Jay’s been murdering every single guest appearance he’s had over the past year (Drake’s “Light Up”, Rick Ross’ “Free Mason”, Usher’s “Hot Toddie”, Kanye’s “Monster”, “So Appalled”, and “Power” Remix).

    If you put everything into perspective, this album has the potential to be one of the best collaborative efforts since 2000. So yes, going against the grain is the new black, but the trend troopers need to lock it up, do their research, and know what they’re talking about before spewing nonsense about two highly decorated veterans who have done more than fill the void that has plagued Hip-Hop.

    Follow Run P on Twitter @Run_P

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  1. April 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    anybody hatin on this album dont know shit. this bout to be that fire.

  2. April 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I didn’t know people were debating this collab. It’s not like they’ve released a bunch of weak records. where’s this coming from?

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