Jay-Z & Kanye West
Watch the Throne
Reviewed by Jonte Allen
At 42 years of age, you would think that a hip-hop artist such as Jay-Z, would be out of the rap game, disappearing from the public eye due to a decline in sales over the years or owing the IRS a large sum of money in back taxes. When you consider the arrogance and self-centered nature of Kanye West, it is mildly surprising that his attitude has not resulted in the demise of his career. However, in spite of Jay-Z’s age and Kanye’s attitude, their recent collaboration on their album, Watch the Throne defies the odds. It is a 16-track album with beautiful artwork displayed on the cover as well as in the booklet. Even though they are already rich and powerful, they still take time out of their busy schedule to make great music. Is this album considered a classic based on the deliverance of dope lyrics and an awesome production of music? It all depends on your point of view.
There are some positives and negatives describing this album. First off, there is a lot of creativity to it. The artists describe their style of rapping as Luxury Rap. They are very enthusiastic and arrogant about having it all – from the places they travel to the designer clothes they wear. However, they also get very serious, talking about the downfalls of success; like the friends they knew and the people they lost when they were coming up. The artists also address the issue of Black on Black violence that goes on across America; while inspiring people to get more out of life and not to lower their expectations. But on another note, they seem to be very arrogant and greedy as well as rich and powerful. The fact that they brag about their success is disheartening especially when you think about the millions of people in America and throughout the world, who are struggling just to survive from day to day.
This album is...