Jay Z and Kanye West just dropped the official “Otis video” for you all to check out through Rocafella Records. Obviously if you’re even remotely a fan of present day hip hop music (or new music in general), you should have bought the “Watch the Throne album” this past Tuesday. This Otis Redding sampled track made for a great single and great contribution to creativity in hip hop these days. Kanye and Jay were more creative than 99% of artists with a sample from Otis Redding’s song “Try A Little Tenderness.” Below you can check out the video that just dropped and see what’s good… Nothing too crazy, but I think that sometimes it’s better to just keep it simple. No need to go all Dr. Dre on the videos every time.
Jay Z & Kanye West – Otis Video (Official)
I like how they kept this video simple and will say that Spike Jonze did a nice job with the directing. This song is just a taste of some of the creativity on the entire album, and if you haven’t already bought a copy, it’s not too late. I expect it to be the top seller of the week and hold down a spot on the top 10 albums for awhile. I’m hoping that their next single is “Niggas In Paris” but they have a lot of options and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s any of the others… In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a video for 5+ tracks on this project… Although it’s a little bit early to wish for this, a collaborative follow up (even if it’s not titled “Watch The Throne 2“) would be nasty. Click here to read more.. »
Kanye West and Jay-Z finally released the “Watch the Throne album” for purchase to all of the people who preordered it in advance. This project had a lot of hype surrounding it and although a lot of people felt like these two were under pressure to perform up to standards, Jay-Z said that the pressure really isn’t there anymore (in an interview with Angie Martinez) prior to the release. Then he discussed why nobody has been able to find a “Watch The Throne album leak” online (mediafire, hulkshare, usershare, zshare, etc.). I’m really glad they put a silence to the early leakers because hearing music that the artists don’t intend to be heard in advance is just a lame move.
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Album Artwork)
People seriously think they’re cool and in the know for having music in advance or what? You seriously have no special powers; you’re just a lame fool who thinks he’s cool for leaking stuff. Anyways, this album has been in development for a long time and I know that the two worked really hard on being as creative as possible and pushing existing musical boundaries. They worked with a variety of talents and did a lot of recording in Hawaii to get the creative juices flowing. Click here to read more.. »
As you already should know, the new Kanye West and Jay-Z “Watch The Throne album” is the next most anticipated thing in the world of hip hop music. They released H.A.M. (Hard as a Motherfucker) back in the day and now the project is finally going to see the light of day. Anyways, the official project will feature a total of 10 tracks and will be able to be purchased on iTunes as well as through other outlets sometime this late summer. The official project is rumored to be scheduled to have an early August release date, but you and I know that tons of rappers set a release date or give their fans an idea of when it’s going to be released and then push the album back. UPDATE: Read my official “Watch The Throne album review.”
Watch The Throne Album Art (Official)
I don’t think that they’re going to pull a Dr. Dre move with this one (e.g. never release their album), but I wouldn’t be totally shocked if for some reason they decided to push it back. Below is the official track listing and above is the official Watch The Throne album artwork. I personally wasn’t that impressed with the artwork, but am not going to complain either, I don’t think it’s “bad” per se, but just looks like a fairly elegant design. I was more impressed with Kanye West’s artwork for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” as well as the artwork for the single “H.A.M.” Click here to read more.. »
Here’s footage of T.I., Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and M.I.A. (and M.I.A.’s baby) performing “Swagger Like Us” at the Grammys. Be sure to check it out if ya missed! I like how Weezy F sits down on the steps while Cliff is spittin his verse. Even though M.I.A. is preg, she was incredible!
Hevehitta shot over a re-release of DJ Unexpected‘s very first mixtape: Under The Influence (Big Daddy Kane Vs. Jay Z). This is not a “beef” CD, but rather a story telling adventure between Big Daddy Kane and Jay Z. The majority of the mixtape has been remixed by DJ Unexpected, plus rare unreleased joints from both Hova and BDK are included. Hit the JUMP for the tracklisting + download link and see what’s good! Click here to read more.. »