Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

Jay-Z and Kanye West: Watch the Throne 

click to enlarge 1189438.jpg

Watch The Throne is easily the most anticipated rap release in 2011. The bad news: This isn't as impactful as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or Reasonable Doubt. The good news: Any fear of a high-profile train wreck is dashed from the album's opening notes. Not only did 'Ye and Jay smack this shit out of the park, they did it in record time (over a few months last fall), in bizarre circumstances (recording mostly in hotel rooms) and with a few snags (the expected celestial creative differences). Dwelling on invidual tracks is moot. What you should know is, sonically, West is still plumbing last year's bombastic dark soul, while incorporating robotic, synth-heavy funk. He and Jay exchange verses the way Neo and Agent Smith exchange blows, but this pair is hitting on race, God, family, and general badassery. The guest spots are infrequent (Beyoncé on one cut, Odd Future's Frank Ocean on two others). The deluxe version includes four extra (and great) songs, including early single "H•A•M" and G.O.O.D. Friday's highlight "The Joy." But the standard package is a flawless, 46-minute ass-kicker. If you sleep on this record, you're wrong.

Tags:

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Adam Villela Coronado

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation