I listened to this album when it first dropped, and I was floored. It was beautiful; a partnership sent straight from heaven- like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.
How often do you listen to it?
Every time I work out- which is basically a handful of times sporadically in January and never again for the rest of the year.
Why is this your favorite album?
I love Watch the Throne because it’s a work of perfection from two of my favorite artists, collaborating together to create a masterpiece. Jay-Z bragged that he was the best rapper alive, and he was, but you can hear in real time of Hova passing that title to Kanye West. On “N***** In Paris” Jay-Z starts off rapping about sports and how great he is, and then Kanye comes along and starts talking about fucking in a bathroom stall and McDonald’s. I love Jay-Z’s style and flow, and he’s tasked with doing a lot of the heavy lifting lyrically, but then gets consistently undercut by Kanye’s brilliance. And speaking of, Kanye’s beats for this album are some of his best work. Whether he’s messing with Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” on the aptly named track “Otis” or it’s the thumping 808s on “No Church in the Wild” that for some reason make it the perfect song to feature in your commercial, Kanye provides some of the best beats in his career for the record. Jay-Z and Kayne West named their album “Watch the Throne” as a way to brag how they are the kings of the Rap Game, and they backed it up with their genius in 12 tracks.
Which track would be your walk up music?
“N***** in Paris” just to have “Ball So Hard” repeated on a loop.