If you’ve been under a rock (or if you were sleeping and had work today), grab Jay-Z and KanYe’s Watch The Throne as soon as physically possible. Not only is it an engaging album musically (I cosign this), it’ll be the thee topic of conversation among music lovers for a long time (or more accurately, for about two weeks). Rumor has it that the album went platinum on pre-orders alone, which would be absolutely wild if it’s true. What I know for a fact is that Ye and Jay gave all the producers and engineers who worked on the album an engraved Rolex (see the picture above) as incentive not to leak any tracks. Genius.
In an era that’s seen so many artists’ albums compromised due to leaks, Jay and Ye figured out how to run an extremely tight ship (albeit at a high price). Musically, the album is as eclectic as Alexander McQueen’s collection. There is a healthy balance (peep all the samples on WTT here) of soul, afro-rock, glam-rock and a little dubstep as well as a group of musically diverse producers, all unified behind the pointed vision of Mr. West. Lyrically KanYe experiments both in terms of rhyme schemes and lyricism, while HOV lines his proverbial ducks up and knocks them down in one swift movement. Start with these tracks, then go grab the album and prepare yourself for an enjoyable listen.