Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch the Throne (2011)

(Def Jam)


Read my review at Metro Times.

This gaudy thing is an agreeable enough record, but it is most fun as an event -- it will lose this luster as time goes on. Any LP that adds a juicy phrase like "that shit cray" to the language is worth hearing, though. I'd say this is a "fans only" album but this being Kanye West and Jay-Z, most everyone (everyone sane, at least) is a fan. Jay-Z's disheartening recession is happily at a standstill here and he has some good moments, but West is at this point by far the more commanding performer. Anyway, you've surely heard this by now, so why am I even telling you all this? Do you think this will be remembered like an actual Jay-Z or Kanye album? I kind of doubt it, but I'd love to hear what you think.

Thank goodness they left "H.A.M." off, by the way.

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

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