Jay-Z, Kanye Join Forces For “Watch the Throne”

Kenneth Almaraz, Page Editor

Watch The Throne, the first collaboration from Jay-Z and Kanye West, has been judged by many as an awesome album of pure hip-hop; by others, as an overly-hyped poor album by two artists who have been in the game for years. But, most opinions are biased, having little to do with the knowledge of the actual music.

Most people tend to love or loathe Mr. West and Mr. Carter, with very few shades of gray, but not for the true sound of music it delivers to your ears. Watch The Throne is the most thought-out piece of work that both Kanye and Jay-Z have joined forces on, and the world loves what they hear. The two legends have not dissapointed us, in my eyes.

The album jump starts with “No Church in the Wild,” which features Frank Ocean, crooning a contagious, thoughtful hook, over production by Kanye West and 88-Keys. Ocean sings: “What’s a king to a God? What’s a God to a non-believer?” and suddenly Jay-Z goes into a first verse that commutes into philosophers, thinkers, and religion.

Jigga raps, “Tears on the mausoleum floor, blood stains the coliseum doors, lies on the lips of the priests, Thanksgiving disguised as a feast.”

Then, Kanye graces the first track off Watch the Throne with his presence. Ocean croons as wild animal noises, chirping, and screeching are heard in the background, sounding alot like the work he has done with Tyler the Creator.

“Lift Off” is an epic anthem that grabs hold of your ear from the first few chords the heavy beats. Beyonce starts off the song with a harmonizing and well-sung chorus. Kanye spews the song’s first verse, as he switches between straight raps and some melodic singing of his own.

Jay comes in next, and compliments Kanye’s voice well. The song closes with an actual voice counting down a lift-off sequence and smoothly transitions into “N***as In Paris,” a Southern-styled, bouncy track.  However, there is just a certain level of hip-hop to this track that feels light-years beyond the average rap songs of the day.

The beat, which induces the right to feel the beat within your heart, officially drops halfway through Jay’s verse. Kanye comes through: “Prince Williams ain’t do it right if you ask me, If I was him I would have married Kate and Ashley.”

These few songs from the album truly advocate Watch the Throne as a must-buy (or must-, ahem, legally download) album.

I recommend every hip-hop lover on this campus, and even fans of different musical tastes who are willing to give something new a chance, to bump this album through your headphones, while walking the campus this Fall.