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Thursday, December 8, 2011
"Watch the Throne" Makes Time's, The Top 10 Everything of 2011
Jay and Kanye's, Watch the Throne has made yet another year end list. This time the royal duo's critically acclaimed Throne is #3 on Time's: The Top 10 Everything of 2011. Here's what they had to say about the album:
Many of the 15 songs on Jay-Z and Kanye West's opulent collaboration deal with wealth, status and religion. West likens himself to Jesus (again), and Jay-Z offhandedly mentions that he considers $50,000 pocket change. Contributions from Frank Ocean, Q-Tip and the RZA help give the album its booming, complex beats, many of which are aided by samples from some of music's greatest titans: Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone. But Watch the Throne isn't just an exercise in "luxury rap," as West puts it in "Otis." The rappers explore some pretty dark topics. The history of urban violence in "Murder to Excellence" and their own socioeconomic achievement in "Made in America" help turn Watch the Throne into a beautifully decadent album by two of hip-hop's finest artists — men grappling with what it means to be successful and black in America.