What is 'Watch The Throne' Exactly?
1 year ago
You Heard That New’s LowKey explains
There are so many factors to wrestle with before fully understanding or appreciating the magnitude of “Watch the Throne.” For starters, not one kick drum, chorus or song title leaked before the album became available for download at 11:30 p.m. on August 7, a major feat considering bootleg downloading has crippled album sales in recent years. Then there’s the conspicuous consumption. Hearing two millionaires talk about doing millionaire things can be a tad boring. Then again, hip hop was founded on depictions of grandeur. Who wants to do away with tradition? Lastly, teamwork. Kanye and Jay-Z, mentee and mentor, deliver without stepping on each other’s toes. The last time Jay-Z attempted a collaboration it ended horribly and Kanye proves he’s not good at playing nice with others.
Can we call this 16-track collaborative effort a win for hip hop or a win for music? Let's not get it twisted, this is an event. But to who, is the question. Was it an event to the some odd hundreds or thousands of followers you tweet to on a daily basis? Sure, it's Jay-Z and Kanye West, two of the most influential individuals who've ever recorded. But to the general masses, outside of you and me, what does it really mean to “Watch The Throne?” One might suggest this project is an official "Jay-Z and Kanye West For Dummies Guide." You'd be hard pressed to find a soul on this earth who hasn't heard of these two, but let's keep the playing field even and assume there are a couple untapped ears in God's atmosphere that aren't aware of "College Dropout" or "The Blueprint."