My full review of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne can be found here, but I also wanted to highlight a couple of tracks that you should definitely check out.
Lift Off (Feat. Beyoncé)
We all knew that Beyoncé would appear on Watch the Throne. She’s Jay-Z’s wife; it just seemed like a given. Oh, and her involvement was also announced months ago. Yeezy and Hov smartly decided to give her a single designed to soar up the charts. The hook isn’t as perfectly crafted as we’re used to with songs like this, but it does the trick.
“Ni—as in Paris”
It doesn’t have the best lyrics, it doesn’t sample Otis Redding or feature Beyoncé, but this is the song I keep playing on repeat. Kanye and Jay-Z have been at this hip-hop thing for a while and there are plenty of younger and fresher guys just waiting to surpass them. But it’s evident from this song that they’re going to have to wait a little while longer. This is the hardest, baddest beat on the record. (Warning: This song has a lot of profanity, but you could probably guess that from the title.)
(Sidenote: Did you catch that Blades of Glory soundbite in “Ni—as in Paris?” That’s the second time Kanye has subtly referenced Jon Heder in song, the first being his “Whatever I wanna do, gosh!” line in “Monster,” cribbed from Napoleon Dynamite.)