Three weeks ago Jay-Z and Kanye West released their first ever album together while working side by side as a dynamic duo. The album itself gives many of us mixed feelings, myself included.
When I think of a Jay-z album what usually comes to mind are the sounds from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s along with new school hood feel to it. He puts music out that not only relates to the hood, but music that will make you wanna bop and nod your head along with. He puts out stuff that still makes him look like that guy from Marcy Projects with hood creditability.
As with a Kanye album he puts out music that shows that he is open to many aspects of music. Let it be Jazz; Blues; Heavy Metal; Rock; Pop; Electronic. You name it Ye has put it on his album. The unique thing with this collaboration and both participants’ input is that they know what they would use in their own albums to combine to become Janye. The only disappointing part of this album is that I felt I was getting the left over’s of Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that Ye felt couldn’t go on his album. Meaning “Watch the Throne” is nothing more than a Kanye album with a lot of Jay-z Appearances.
Now it felt like this was a Kanye album more than Jay-Z. If my memory serves me correctly Jay said that auto tune is dead in The Blue Print 3..right? So, why the hell is this album auto tuned or have beats that sound as if they are auto tuned? Please explain that to me?! There are songs that have Jay-Z touch to it with songs sampled by Cutis Mayfield; James Brown; Otis Redding and Nina Simone. There are songs that are hot then you have some that are just crappy and make you say why they bother putting this on the album?
This brings me to the end that this was a good album on their part coming together as one work . Just makes you feel that Jay-Z sat back letting Kanye take over as he rhymed to each track on the entire album. I heard more singing then rapping on some tracks. All I can say Kanye’s ego again got out of control and developed “Watch the Throne”.