When you get two of the hottest rappers in the game to record a album together, you can bet your bottom dollar that the result is sheer greatness. However, for what it’s all worth, you may be better off banking that dollar for a rainy day.
Jay-Z and Kanye, in their song, “Niggas in Paris” ball so hard that it leaves the listener depressed. They literally ball so hard it is crazy. Jay-Z has surpassed a point of success in his life, that he is a walking legend. The Nets (basketball team in which he is a owner) could go 0-82 and it still wouldn’t bother his financial income.
Jay goes above and beyond comparing himself to the best Michaels in the game, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, and can’t forget about the all-time great Michael Jordan. Kanye takes the backseat on this song as he does majority of the CD, but answers Hov with memorable bars:
What’s Gucci my nigga?
What’s Louis my killer?
What’s drugs my dealer?
Is that jacket Margiela?
Most niggas can’t even speak french, let alone pay for a jacket by Martin Margiela.
These two impart on the hip-hop community a sort of pity from their success; for example, on “New Day” the rappers create an ode to their children born/unborn apologizing for the life they will live because of their parents greatness, but this isn’t an album solely based on success.
Watch the Throne is a commendable title for a Jay-Z & Kanye album. Why? Because, they seem themselves as teh best and on top. The hungriest lion in the jungle is most likely the one second to the throne. Jay and Ye know this and are watching their own backs.
With songs such as “Illest Motherfucker Alive,” “No Church in the Wild” ft. Frank Ocean, “Gotta Have It,” and “Who Gone Stop Me” it has been argued that Kanye out-shined Jay-Z.
But when it comes down to it, Jay-Z exhibits the Big Brother qualities that attracts Kanye. These two together feed off of each other in the creative ways that Basquiat and Warhol did in the late 80s (also greats mentioned on WTT).
However, aside from the balling and swagged out raps, these two discuss issues in contemporary black america that are in need of a second look. For example, they discuss how many soldiers die in Iraq, but not on our home soil in our urban neighborhoods. They discuss the plight of the black man in White America and how difficult it can be to navigate from impoverished conditions of “street justice” and hoping God can understand to living a life that people want to emulate.
Enjoy this album for what it is. Hard beats, soulful sounds, laudable lyrics, and while Kanye and Jay-Z watch the throne, don’t forget to watch yourself. Elvis has left the room. The Beatles have left the room. Say hello to the bad guys.