Posted in hiphop | music on August 10, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

WTT

Jay-Z & Kanye West aka The Throne's collaborative album Watch The Throne became available via iTunes this week (8/8) and will be out physically on Friday (8/12) via Def Jam.

Although Kanye produced most of the album, they also brought an impressive cast of outside producers incuding Q-Tip, 88-Keys, The Neptunes, The RZA, and Swizz Beatz. Kanye and his collaborators create a wide range of sounds touching on everything from classic soul to dubstep-infused electronica. The guest vocal spots are especially grabbing too. Jay-Z and Kanye, who have been two of the biggest names in hip hop for at least the last decade, bring in newcomer Frank Ocean of Odd Future on two of the tracks. Jay's wife, Beyonce, who also has Frank Ocean and Kanye on her new album, sings the chorus to "Lift Off." The album samples the vocals of legendary singers Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, and also features guest vocals by Mr. Hudson of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music. You can stream "Otis" at Jay-Z's Life + Times website and listen to "H.A.M" below.

Justin Vernon also wrote a hook for "That's My Bitch" and according to the album's liner notes, he also sings the part. Elly Jackson of La Roux sings the song's chorus and Q-Tip handled some production duties. Check the song out on grooveshark. Justin comes in at 1:45.

Speaking of Justin Vernon, he and his 9-piece version of Bon Iver played their first of two NYC shows with The Rosebuds at United Palace Theatre last night (8/9). They also play Prospect Park tonight (8/10). Both shows are/were sold out. More on last night in a bit.

Speaking of Beyonce, she just announced 4 NYC shows. Tickets go on sale today (8/10).

Jay-Z & Kanye have two upcoming sold out shows at Izod Center and other dates too.

'Watch the Throne' tracklist and video below...

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Jay-Z & Kanye West - "H.A.M"

Tracklist:
1 No Church in the Wild (Ft. Frank Ocean)
2 Lift Off (Ft. Beyonce)
3 Niggas in Paris
4 Otis (Ft. Otis Redding)
5 Gotta Have It
6 New Day
7 That's My Bitch
8 Who Gon Stop Me
9 Murder to Excellence
10 Welcome to the Jungle
11 Sweet Baby Jesus (Ft. Frank Ocean)
12 Why I Love You (Ft. Mr Hudson)

Bonus tracks:
13 Illest Motherfucker Alive
14 H.A.M
15 Primetime
16 The Joy (Ft. Curtis Mayfield)

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Comments (27)

can't believe both shows sold out!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 8:37 AM

kanye west, fuck you. your recent comment about being like hitler should have you hated ten times over around the world you fucking ignorant, arrogant, self-righteous asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 8:50 AM

Kanye seemed like a nice guy the time I met him.

Frohwak introduced me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:03 AM

I don't know if all these Frohawk comments are....
1) by himself
2) his friends
3) only one dude/girl
4) just random people

Are you kids in love with him or am I missing something? Because I went to all five of last LCD shows at T5/MSG and I couldn't care less about a kid with frohawk.....

ehhh I guess you hipsters need to waste some time of your day since you're not doing anything.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:14 AM

The instrumentals on this album are pretty solid overall.Good stuff.I just can't get past the same mediocre bullshit hip hop has lyrically devolved into...drug dealers bragging.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:15 AM

Overrated. And that Otis Redding track just does not work on any level.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:19 AM

Doom > Kanye
Nas > Jay-Z
A Tribe Called Quest > Public Enemy
Talib Kweli > Mos Def
Atmosphere > The Streets
Dizzie Rascal > ???

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:23 AM

A Tribe Called Quest > Public Enemy ?


you're retarded.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:28 AM

GREAT ALBUM. GET OVER IT.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:33 AM

> Doom > Kanye

thank you. i think doom is probably better than both those guys. jay's got swag for sure, but seriously, the way in which doom delivers blows my fucking mind every single time.

beans too. and aesop rock can get sick as well.

i think mos def is better on mic than talib kweli though. mos can freestyle like nobody. there's a youtube video floating around where he destroys kanye off the cuff. loved it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:36 AM

928am. it's my opinion retard. omg i didn't agree with you! fuckin idiot. there are people that like tribe more than public enemy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:49 AM

9:49 you just said omg

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:51 AM

Immortal Technique > every other rapper

Posted by Venkman | August 10, 2011 10:09 AM

936am. I want to see that video of mos! I agree Mos has talent as well but I feel like Talib has put out better albums....

can't wait for BlackStar @ Rock the Bells!

p.s. I think it's safe to say Mos is focusing more on acting than making music now:(

Posted by 923am | August 10, 2011 10:15 AM

I'm in love with Frohawk!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 10:17 AM

Jay Z and Kanye have combined efforts to produce a sales vehicle that is the worst thing art can ever be: boring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 11:07 AM

How long until Alibni complains about these guys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 11:16 AM

9:14 went to all 5 (FIVE!!!) LCD MSG shows and then calls out hipsters for jocking kanye and jay'z.
brooklyn vegan is such a laugh.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 11:21 AM

lol Going to all LCD shows means that you are a fanatics... If anything it shows that he really likes the band. As opposed to being a hipster who would go to only one night, only to be apart of the ticket controversy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 11:29 AM

The album sucks. Jay-Z and Kanye put no effort lyrically on the album. Best song is The Joy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 11:29 AM

1121am. i was in no way calling out any hipsters unless you're saying frohawk is a hipster.

just asking a simple question....

and yes I've been seeing lcd since 2004 so you can shut your mouth.

Posted by 914 | August 10, 2011 11:34 AM

Jay-Z alluded to NYC shows in Hot97 interview - BV we gotta get to da bottom of this mystry!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 12:27 PM

on this album jayz claims, "big face Rol-ee on my wrist, got two a dem."

if that doesn't convince you to buy it, i don't know what will

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 12:35 PM

11:29, best song is THE JOY? are you KIDDING ME?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 12:48 PM

i would rather dump a load into that throne

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 2:17 PM

lol @ people actually liking these guys. They are no better than Odd Future.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 3:36 PM

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