What’s a King to a God? Nothing. Jay-Z and Kanye West have truly proved that they are Gods, when it comes to music, with their album Watch The Throne.
What’s a King to a God? Nothing.
Hardly one day has passed and already the classic has gone number 1 in 23 countries. Many people are critiquing it already.
They’re asking questions such as “What’s so great about this record?” and making statements such as “This album is not for me,” as well as “It could have been better than it is.”
But which two people have come together and made a more meaningful album?
Which two people can come together and put real life over a beat the way The Throne did? Nobody.
Granted, individually it can be argued that maybe Kanye West has made a better album. It’s being argued that Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 is more classic than Watch The Throne and that ‘Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has better production.
It is my most humble opinion that you cannot compare the accomplishments the two legends accrued on their own to the greatness that they just achieved together.
It takes true creative genius to be able to combine the stories and struggles, styles and flows, and musical histories of two individuals. Not only did they do that, but they made it sound easy.
Watch The Throne practically deserves a holiday because on August 8th, these two guys got together and completely restored the energy of hip-hop.
New music is supposed to create suspension and no album, maybe in the entire history of hip-hop, has been more anticipated. No album has evoked more emotion before even being released.
They created inspiration and re-established the need for good music. When was the last time you bought an album at midnight? That’s my point exactly and this all changed with Watch The Throne.
Furthermore, Jay and Kanye came together, but not only musically.
They came together and questioned politics, the meaning of Black power, they revealed some of their deepest insecurities, and provoked feelings with songs like “Made in America,” “No Church in the Wild,” “Murder to Excellence,” and “New Day.”
They didn’t just make songs that sound nice and have repetitive hooks with no meaning. I believe the album lived up to its hype. It surpassed the hype.
I have one more point to make and that is simply that the album didn’t leak.
No one else was able to create a formula to ensure that fans would get their entire package when and how it was meant to be received.
That in itself is amazing. I don’t love this album because it features big names. I don’t love this album because everyone else says I should love this album.
I love this album because every song means something. I love this album because even while making it clear that they are ballin’ harder than everyone else right now, Jay and Kanye also make it clear that there are more important issues in the world.
Watch The Throne is classic. I can’t stop listening to the words, and I cannot stop feeling their emotion and relating it to the purpose in my own life.
This is not an album full of fluff for radio play. Take the time to sit with it and actually listen without looking for something to critique. Only then will you be able to understand its true significance and beauty.
Right now, a lot of people are missing the point.
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