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listen  1. No Church In The Wild (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. The-Dream] [Explicit]Kanye West 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lift Off (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Beyoncé] [Explicit]Kanye West 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ni**as In Paris (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Otis (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Otis Redding] [Explicit]Kanye West 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Gotta Have It (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. New Day (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. That's My Bitch (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Welcome To The Jungle (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Who Gon Stop Me (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Murder To Excellence (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Made In America (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Frank Ocean] [Explicit]Kanye West 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Why I Love You (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Mr Hudson] [Explicit]Kanye West 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B005BQLCBO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2011 collaboration between two of Hip Hop's biggest icons. The longtime friends and music innovators inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on Watch The Throne, recorded at various locations around the world. Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris, and New York City. Though shrouded in secrecy, the album has already been heralded a `masterpiece' by those who have heard it, and features production from The RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye's longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The list of featured vocalists includes Frank Ocean, Beyonc‚, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson.

Customer Reviews

Great production and great lyrics.
Ray-Review
I can say I listened to this album from beginning to end almost every day for a good 3 months.
Hidalgo Campo
Just like someone else said, it really is complete garbage.
chromtastic

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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on August 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Superstar collaborations always generate a gargantuan amount of buzz. Certainly a collaborative affair with two of hip-hop's `kings' - Kanye West & Jay-Z - is no different. Watch the Throne's anticipation could be likened to the `Super Bowl' of hip-hop - it just had to materialize. Alongside the anticipation and buzz, there is almost always a downgrade when it comes to the actual material being presented. Falling in line with that, Watch the Throne is a solid effort and for naysayers who expected an incredibly undercooked effort, it over performs. That said, there was room for improvement on Watch the Throne as well, mostly in the area of its overall cohesion. One has to look no further than the first two cuts unlikeness to one another ("No Church in the Wild" and "Lift Off") to see a lack of cohesiveness in theme or concept. Despite this `all-over-the-place' persona, the album works.

"No Church In the Wild" seems a strange entity from an initial listen, but with successive spins, the odd cut unfurls its brilliance. The beat, contributed by 88 Keys is somewhat understated and simple, but that is the appeal. The crooning by Odd Future vocalist Frank Ocean is a nice touch, not to mention some oddball auto-tuned vocals by The-Dream. Comprised a handful of samples, "No Church" proves alluring with interesting rhymes by both superstar rappers. "Lift Off," featuring Beyoncé is most certainly aimed to be the pop-crossover cut, contrasting the alternative sensibilities of "No Church in the Wild." The production is solid (Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean) and the track is enjoyable, if a little clunky.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ray-Review on August 18, 2011
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We've been "Watching The Throne" for almost a full year since its been announced last October. Well now it's finally time to listen to The Throne, and after much anticipation it is finally here. With the statures as high as Jay-Z and Kanye West, it's impossible to not have high expectations for the both of these two especially for the bar they raised on themselves with past critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums from each of them. Between the both of them (Jay-Z currently has 12 number one albums all went at least platinum, and Mr. West has 5 critically acclaimed albums (all went multi-platinum worldwide). There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been said about these two, these two are the most successful and influential figures not only in Hip Hop but music in general that far surpasses any other individual artists and having these two on one album is truly a monumental moment in Hip Hop.

If I had to rate this Collaborative Hip Hop album I would have to compare it to the other Hip Hop Duo's such as the incredible OutKast (Possibly the greatest hip hop duo of all time), to the old school duos of Run D.M.C. to even the more recent collaborative efforts of Eminem and Royce Da 5'9". Now while I admit that Kanye and Jay (Collectively as The Throne) aren't at their craftiest in the lyrics department, their artistic effort musically is beyond anybody in Hip Hop today. This is where The Throne truly outshines the rest and proves their veteran status in Hip Hop, still coming up with new ideas and sounds to create an album filled with depth and variety. In my personal opinion, they really don't have to prove to anyone of how to make "Thriller" level music because the both of them have been doing it for years time and time again.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2011
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Okay, so I'm reading through the reviews and they are mixed. One person said "Horrible." Really? What CD did they listen to? Jay and Ye are geniuses and for those that don't get it....my sincerest apologies! I am a 44 year old woman and rap runs through my veins. I love it as much as I love jazz, R&B, classic Rock and some pop. Compared to most of the garbage out now (Soulja Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Wocka Flocka Flame....the list could go on and on), this piece of work is refreshing! 2 high profile rappers at the top of their game came together and created music that doesn't make me cringe. Hats off to both of them! Love the CD from START to FINISH!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Ziegler on September 10, 2011
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I am a Jay-Z and Kanye fan from both the beginning of both of their careers. When I first listened to this album I expected something different, but as I gave it a second and third try it grew on me to the point where its one of my favorite albums and I recognize the growth in both of them as artists. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wesley Memeger, Jr. on September 11, 2011
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I had heard the hype surrounding "Watch the Throne" but had my doubts that something really quite remarkable and creative could have
come from these two artists, JayZ and K West. The work is surprising, fresh, and unique. I only wish that the packaging could have been
better such that reading the lyrics could have been easier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken on September 9, 2011
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Haters fall back, this is classic rap right here, how could people seriously hate on this album. Like seriously, this is luxury, introspective music right here and if you don't love it, you probably need to clean your ears out.
Looking forward to the next Hov and Ye album because they really pushed the limit with this one.
Roc Boys in the building, been running this rap game since 96.
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