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Jay-Z Explains ‘Watch the Throne’ Album Title

The phrase “Watch the Throne” has been on everyone’s lips for the past month, but do you even know what the album title means?

In a radio interview with Lorenzo “Ice Tea” Thomas, radio host on Miami’s 99 Jamz radio, he elaborated on the album title for listeners:

“It’s just protecting the music and the culture. It’s people that’s in the forefront of music, it’s like Watch the Throne, protect it. You just watch how popular music shifts and how hip-hop has basically replaced rock and roll as the youth music. The same thing could happen to hip-hop, it could be replaced by other forms of music. So it’s just making sure that we put that effort into making the best product so we can contend with all this other music, with all the dance music that’s dominating the charts right now and indie music that’s dominating the festivals and still hold off rock ‘n’ roll. Just to hold our place and make sure that the hip-hop culture is still the most dominant form of music around the world.”

If anyone’s gonna protect hip-hop, I definitely agree that it should be these two.  Let’s hope this has motivated other hip-hop artists to step up their game.  Do you think Watch the Throne does a good job of protecting the culture?

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‘Watch the Throne’ #1 on Billboard 200

Last week, Jay-Z and Kanye West set an Itunes record when they sold 290,000 in digital downloads.  This week, combined with physical sales, Watch the Throne is the number one album on the Billboard 200 with 426.661 total albums sold.

Another notable debut on the charts is Ace Hood’s Blood, Sweat and Tears.  The Miami rapper’s album debuts at the #10 spot with a little over 25K sold.  Adele and Beyonce both remain in the top 10; Adele sold an additional 73,000 copies of the record shattering 21 and Beyonce’s 4 sits comfortably in the #8 spot with 27K sold.

Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame’s Ferrari Boyz debuts just outside the top 20 at the #24 spot with about 15K copies sold.

Whose album did you buy?

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Aziz Ansari Talks About His Friendship With Kanye West [Video]

He didn’t even do much in the “Otis” video and had us all laughing. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wondering what Aziz Ansari was even doing in the vid. It just so happens that Aziz is actually cool with Kanye West. I stumbled upon this funny little YouTube video with Aziz talking about how the two meet.

Watch below.

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divaTunes: Pusha T ft. Kanye West & Young Jeezy- “Amen”

G.O.O.D. music artist Pusha T has released some new music from his forthcoming album “Fear Of God Part 2: Let Us Pray. The Shawty Redd-produced track had been previously thought to be Young Jeezy’s song, since only his verse was leaked. Pusha T raps:

“Tryna get saved/too late/ time to get paid/got in a gun and a stocking mask/n*ggas thought I was tryna get waves/I’ma let ya’ll n*ggas pray for it/my young n*ggas knocking off a K for it/ sold my soul on the back end/only f*cking way I’ma pay for it.”

Take a listen.


divaFotos: Celebs at ‘Watch the Throne’ Pop Up Store (Video)

Hip hop elite gathered at the Watch the Throne “pop up store” in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood over the weekend.  The store, set up temporarily, offers albums, pictures and a look at that stripped down Maybach from the “Otis” video.  Its exact location is 21 Mulberry St.

#Sigh, I wish I could’ve been there. Pics include Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek and Swizz Beatz.

Watch the video below to see Beyonce’s arrival.  The fans went cray cray….no surprise there.

 

 

 

 

 

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Birdman Talks Lil Wayne and Drake Collaboration Album

There is no comparison between Lil’ Wayne & Drake’s forthcoming collaborative album according to Birdman. The Cash Money CEO sat down with xxlmag.com to discuss this and what sets them about from Jay and Kanye. Birdman almost immediately went in on how this album shouldn’t be compared to “Watch The Throne”:

It’s older versus younger. “I listened to a few songs [off Watch The Throne] and it feels like an older feel to me. I think with Drake and Wayne, they young. They young cats. You got 23 and 28. Then you got Jay-Z and them, who are older and really on their way out the game. Then you got Wayne and Drake and them, who are still youthful to the game. So, it’s two different types of music all the way across the board.”

Other than discussing their age group Birdman gave his props for what the duo has done for rap:

“But what they’re doing is great. “I think it’s great for the game, great for the business, great for retail as a whole. I just think when Wayne and Drake get together is going to be something real special also because we more youthful.”

Do you agree with Birdman??

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Video: Jay-Z & Kanye West- “Otis”

Kanye West and Jay-Z

Once “Otis” first dropped on the radio there was no doubt that the song was a hit. With the lyrics following effortlessly from Jay and Ye, Mr. Redding  gives the track life. Amped and ready to take over the world Kanye and Jay deliver. Directed by Spike Jonze this video doesn’t disappoint.


Video: Kanye West Falls On Stage In Bergen

Kanye West always brings that energetic vibe and flow to his shows, but this time the energy was a bit too high. While everyone watched him on his throne, Kanye took a tumble in Bergen. He got back up like a true artist and continued on with the show like nothing happened at all.

Watch the video below; you see Kanye go down at the 1:15 mark:

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Video: Affion Crockett Impersonates Jay-Z, Kanye, Wayne and Cory Gunz to Promote FOX Show

We all know Affion Crockett for his dead-on impersonations of hip-hop celebrities in his stand up and on MTV’s Wild N’ Out.  The comedian is stepping out on his own with a show on FOX produced by Jamie Foxx.  In the Flow will be a sketch comedy show with an urban twist and feature guests each week.

This week, he released a YouTube clip promoting the show.  In it, he sounds and looks the part as he impersonates Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and his prodigy Cory Gunz.

It is HILARIOUS to say the least.  In the Flow premieres this Sunday, August 14.  Will you be watching?

 


divaTunes: Jay-Z and Kanye West “Otis” (Clip)

If you are currently listening to Watch the Throne I know you are very excited about the video for “Otis” coming out tomorrow, August 11th. If you can’t wait any longer, watch this preview of the new video and get a glimpse of what will be premiering tomorrow.

Watch the video HERE

What do you think of the preview?

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divaTunes: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce-“Lift Off”

Kanye West, Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce take us on a ride as they “Lift Off“. Everyone is dying to hear the album and for those that haven’t yet downloaded from iTunes that tracks are coming out. Predicted sales for Watch The Throne are very high, so take a listen to the track and see if it’ll be worth it.

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divaFotos: Jay-Z and Kanye Look Beastly in ‘WTT’ Album Artwork

Jay-Z and Kanye West look scary to say the least in the album artwork for the just released Watch the Throne.  If you purchased the digital album, you also received the album booklet featuring work done by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, who was the creative director for the album.

Hov and Ye let their animal side out with two particular photos; instead of the normal faces we usually see, they’re transformed with the help of fangs, whiskers and some pretty messed up teeth.

If you are itching to have a physical copy of this “hip hop opus,” it will be available exclusively in Best Buy from August 12- 22.

Do you have your copy yet?!

 

 

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What The Critics Are Saying About ‘Watch the Throne’

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne dropped today at midnight on Itunes and fans from all over the globe took to their computers to download.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about this album so far….and it seems like the critics agree.  Read some of them below:

USA Today:  “While both display their characteristic swagger and dabble in materialism, they also ruminate on religion, poverty, crime, loss and the price of success. Their chemistry — born of a decade-long association — allows each to carve out his own stylistic space, with Jay-Z coolly delivering his incisive lyrical darts, while the more emotional West thrives on adrenaline-fueled punchlines…They’ve also clearly inspired each other. Star collaborations don’t always work out as well in practice as they do on paper (see: Jay-Z and R. Kelly). But in this case, they’ve created an artistic Throne that other rappers can aspire to.”

Huffington Post:  “In an age of “I love you, love me” synth pop of Ladies Gaga, Spears and Perry, listening to Watch The Throne feels like coming off of happy pills and realizing that it’s OK that sometimes, life doesn’t just love you the way you were born…  When it comes to listening to hip hop, West and Jay-Z are those friends — bringing you the bravado, but knowing when to turn it off and let you in on the fact that they too just want to be appreciated and respected. They live in that space between “yes this is as fun as it looks” and “but nothing in life is free.” Neither rapper bests their all-time best performances here, but as messy as putting these two careers on the same disc could have been, it’s hard to be anything but impressed. They’re hard guys to dislike, and the album gets our stamp of approval. Today, the sons of Brooklyn and Chicago did us all proud.”

New York Post:  “Alternating between hard beats with raw raps and risk-free commercial tracks, the record sounds best when it gets tough. On the opener, “No Church in the Wild,” West philosophizes, “What’s a king to a god, what’s a god to a nonbeliever.” On a single spin, it’s a throwaway line in a catchy rap, but it’s a provoking question that gains power with subsequent listens…“Watch the Throne” is neither West’s nor Jay-Z’s best, but count it as a success, especially getting two performers as dynamic and egomaniacal as this duo to mesh into a cohesive team.”

Take a listen to “Lift Off,” a WTT track featuring Beyonce.  Hate it or love it??:

 

 


Video: ‘Watch the Throne’ Trailer

Blink and you’ll miss the short, but epic trailer for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, which will drop in a few days!!!

Who’s as excited as me??!! Watch below:

 


Revised ‘Watch the Throne’ Tour Dates

Talk about milking something for all it’s worth!

Jay-Z and Kanye West are prolonging the excitement for their “Watch the Throne” Tour by pushing back some dates and switching things around.  Check out the slightly revised dates below and click here to purchase:

09-24 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

09-25 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre

09-27-28 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

09-29 Washington, DC – Verizon Center

10-04 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

10-06-07 Chicago, IL – United Center

10-08 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

10-10 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

10-13 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome

10-14 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

10-16 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion

10-17 Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion

10-19-20 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

10-21 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

10-25 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

10-26 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

10-29 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

10-30 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

11-01 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

11-02 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

11-03 Washington, DC – Verizon Center

11-05-06 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

11-21 Boston, MA – TD Garden

11-23 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

11-26 Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

12-01 Chicago, IL – United Center

12-05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

12-06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

12-09 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

12-10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion

12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

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divaFotos: ‘Watch the Throne’ Listening Party at Museum of Natural History

Twitter was abuzz last night with tweets concerning the Watch the Throne listening party.  The event, which took place inside the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, was attended by A-list celebs and hip-hop elites including Jada Pinkett Smith, Solange, Beyonce, Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes (and of course Jay and Kanye).

Damn, where was my invite?! More fotos below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘The Throne’ Upsets Indie Record Store Owners

You can’t make everyone happy, huh?

Any news associated with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint album Watch the Throne has been met with excitement from fans everywhere…until now.  In case you didn’t know, the highly anticipated album will be sold exclusively on Itunes starting August 8 and at popular electronics store Best Buy.  The deluxe album will be sold there until August 23, when the album will finally be available to other retailers.  Now, independent record store owners ask…”What about us?”

In a letter signed by more than 1,700 record store retailers, they ask for equal access to their music:

“We know that you are busy, and that you put most of your energies into creating great music, but we are writing to you in the hope that you will hear us and take the time to rectify this matter,” the letter states. “As representatives of the independent record store music community, we are asking you to allow record stores and music fans equal access to your new album.”

The letter’s original writers include organizers of “Record Store Day,” a national holiday for most indie store retailers.  A close source to the group, Doyle Davis, let press know that some of the signees will remove current and previous releases by the two artists if their request isn’t meant.

As of now, Jay-Z’s camp has no comment and Kanye’s rep have yet to respond to an email from The Associated Press.

Whose side are you on?

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Video: Young Jeezy Brings Out Kanye West & Jay-Z At NYC Show

Young Jeezy was doing the most at an anniversary show commemorating the release of Thug Motivation 101: Let’s Get It  in NYC at Highline Ballroom this past Monday. Kicking off the show Jeezy performed “‘Standing Ovationand  Let’s Get It/ Sky’s the Limit“. He told the audience:

“See, ya’ll in for a hell of a night tonight. I’m in New York City, I’m about to show my ass. This is a celebration, baby! This is ‘Thug Motivation 101,’ can I pick up where I left off?”

Things got really turned up when he brought out Jay-Z then Kanye West along with other big names such as Bun B, Fabolous and the LOX. Kanye told the crowd:

“I told y’all we just gettin’ started. I’m like ya country cousin.”

 “Y’all wanna take it up another notch? We’ll do it forever! If you been ridin’ with me since the beginning, make some noise!”

The energy was elevated at the show and towards the end of it Jeezy made the announcement that his new album TM 103 will be in stores on September 20th. Will you be coping the album??

Watch the performance below:


Otis Redding’s Daughter On Kanye West & Jay- Z: I Just Think The Collaboration Was Certainly A Tribute To Him

When sampling the likes of the legendary Otis Redding you have to get permission. No artist can bypass without this, not even Jay-Z and Kanye West. So when it was time for the duo to sample Redding’s 1996 “Try A Little Tenderness” for their track “Otis”, they had to receive permission from Concord Music Group and ultimately Otis’ daughter and his wife, Zelma Redding.

Otis Redding’s daughter says:

“When it was brought to us, it was quite interesting. We wanted to, first of all, see the lyrics and, secondly, hear the song,” Redding-Andrews said. “We couldn’t find anything negative as it relates to the association with Otis Redding. My mother has protected that legacy for so many years; therefore she gave them the approval to do it.”

“It really means a lot to me, particularly to a whole new generation of young legends, because that’s what Jay-Z and Kanye are,” Redding-Andrews said. “I just think it’s wonderful to tie an old legendary artist whose music history will never die to something [that] they have come up with. I just think the collaboration was certainly a tribute to him, and it’s really great.”

Ultimately, “Otis” is exposing a new generation to Redding’s music in a very hip and cool way. “With what we do with our foundation — pairing music with education, always involved with young people — how can I not be a fan of Kanye West and Jay-Z?” Redding-Andrews said.

I couldn’t agree more, fans are flocking to listen to this hit song and it’s being well received. I know that many who didn’t know Otis or his music are getting a little history lesson.

Do you like the track “Otis”.

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Jay-Z and Kanye West Announce Supergroup ‘The Throne’ and Tour

Information for the upcoming album Watch the Throne has been mostly hearsay until now.  The two rappers have official announced the release date, the name of their “supergroup” and an accompanying tour.

Watch the Throne will be released exclusively to iTunes on August 8 and select physical and digital retailers on August 12.  As previously said before, the album’s official lead single is “Otis” and will feature collaborations with Beyonce, Frank Ocean, the Neptunes and others.  Also being released the same day as Watch the Throne are tickets to their North American tour.  The self proclaimed super group “The Throne” will hit all major U.S. cities, starting in Detroit on September 22 and ending in Boston on November 3.  LiveNation will offer pre sale tickets and a digital copy of the album starting July 28.

I have a feeling these tickets will sell out FAST.  Tour dates below:

Sept. 22 – Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Sept. 24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 25 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sept. 27 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Sept. 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Sept. 28 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Oct. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Oct. 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct. 13 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Oct. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct. 16 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
Oct. 17 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion
Oct. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Oct. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Oct. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Oct. 25 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Oct. 26 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Oct. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Oct. 30 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 1 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

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2011 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees

Late last night, MTV announced the nominees for this year’s VMA Awards…and it looks like the ladies run the show.  Pop princess Katy Perry leads the pack with nine nominations, while Kanye West and Adele follow with seven nominations each.  Other honorable mentions include newcomers Big Sean, Kreayshawn and Tyler, the Creatorwho have their own nods.

The show will air live on Sunday, August 28 at 9pm.  Click here to vote for your favorite artists.  The nominees below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Tyler, the Creator – “Yonkers”
Katy Perry – “Firework”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Katy Perry – “Firework”
Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”

BEST MALE VIDEO

Cee Lo Green – “F*** You”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Justin Bieber – “U Smile”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO

Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

BEST NEW ARTIST

Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”
Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown – “My Last”
Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”

BEST POP VIDEO

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”
Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”

BEST ROCK VIDEO

The Black Keys – “Howlin’ for You”
Foo Fighters – “Walk”
Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”

BEST COLLABORATION

Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake – “Moment 4 Life”

BEST ART DIRECTION

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Lady Gaga – “Judas”
Kanye West – “POWER”
Death Cab for Cutie – “You Are a Tourist”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
Lady Gaga – “Judas”
Bruno Mars – “The Lazy Song”
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Hurricane”

BEST DIRECTION

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”

BEST EDITING

Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Hurricane”
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”

BEST SFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS)

Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Kanye West – “POWER”
Linkin Park – “Waiting for the End”
Chromeo – “Don’t Turn the Lights On”


divaTunes: ‘Otis’ Jay-Z and Kanye West

Kanye West and Jay-Z get some old school help on “Otis,” the next single from the highly anticipated Watch the Throne.  The Kanye-produced track samples Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.”

I made Jesus walk, so I’m never going to hell.” <<<<Woah.

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Video: Kanye West Joins Rihanna’s LOUD NYC Stop

Barbadian beauty Rihanna brought her LOUD tour to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Unionsdale, NY with a surprise.  Kanye West emerged from the stage looking fly as ever to perform a couple of songs while fans went bonkers.  The two superstars performed “All of the Lights” and “Run this Town.”

“@kanyewest thank you bro!!! U made it a night for New Yorkto remember #poppopgetwell #watchthethrone,” tweeted RiRi.

Rihanna loves bringing our guests.  While in Canada, rumored love Drake made an appearance at several of her shows.

Watch RiRi and Ye below:

 

***RIHANNA HAD ALL FOOTAGE REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE. BOOOOOOOO :(***


‘Watch the Throne’ Diverse Production Credits Revealed

Last week, the tracklisting for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne was revealed.  Today, we get to see who’s responsible for creating the songs.  In the production credits, you’ll see frequent collaborator No I.D, Swizz Beats, Q-Tip, Lex Luger and the Neptunes.  Other notable names are Kid Cudi, whose name appears on four tracks for writing and additional vocals as well as Beyonce, Mr. Hudson, LMFAO, Frank Ocean and Elly of La Roux.

Check it out!:

“No Church in the Wild” feat. Frank Ocean
(K. West, S. Carter, C. Njapa, M. Dean, F. Ocean, G. Wright, J. Loudermilk, P. Manzanera. J. Brown, J. Roach)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Papa George Music (BMI)/EMI Blackwood Music (BMI)/Bug Music|Heavens Research(BMI)/Blue Mountain Music Ltd. o/b/o Catherine’s Peak Music (BMI)/Universal Songs of PolyGram International, Inc./Universal Cedarwood Publishing (BMI)/Universal Music-MGB Songs (ASCAP)/Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)/Intersong-USA (ASCAP)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978 and 88-Keys for Keys Open Doors, LLC

“Lift Off” feat. Beyoncé
(K. West, S. Carter, J. Bhasker, M. Dean, S. Samuel)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Way Above Music (BMI)|Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Papa George Music (BMI)/SPZ Music Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978, Jeff Bhasker, and Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Additional Production by Q Tip and Don Jazzy
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Barford Estate, Sydney, AU
Additional programming by LMFAO, Anthony Kilhoffer and Hit-Boy for Very Good Beats
Mixed by Noah Goldstein, Mike Dean, LMFAO and Anthony Kilhoffer at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Additional vocals: Seal, Mr Hudson, Don Jazzy, Bankulli and Ricardo Louis
Beyoncé appears courtesy of Columbia Records
Seal appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Jeff Bhasker, Mike Dean, Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel]

“Niggas in Paris”
(K. West, S. Carter, C. Hollis, M. Dean, W. A. Donaldson)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Hit-Boy Music/U Can’t Teach Bein the shhh/Songs of Universal (BMI)/Papa George Music (BMI)/Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Hit-Boy for Hit-Boy Music Inc./Very Good Beats and Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Co-Produced by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Additional Production by Anthony Kilhoffer
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Le Meurice, Paris, France
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions and Anthony Kilhoffer at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Chauncey Hollis, Mike Dean, W. A. Donaldson]

“Otis” feat. Otis Redding
(K. West, S. Carter, H. Woods, J. Campbell, R. Connelly, K. Robinson, R. Hammond, J. Brown, J. Roach)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/EMI RobbinsCatalog Inc. (ASCAP)/BMG Gold Songs/Hot Buttermilk Music, Inc. (ASCAP)/BMG Platinum Songs/First Priority Music (BMI)/Tufamerica Inc. d/b/a Swing Beat Songs (BMI)/Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)/Intersong-USA, Inc. (ASCAP)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Kirk Robinson, Roy Hammond, James Brown, Joseph Roach]

“Gotta Have It”
(K. West, S. Carter, P. Williams, J. Brown, J. Roach, F. Wesley, T. Pinckney)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/More Water From Nazareth Publishing, Inc./EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP)/Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)/Intersong-USA, Inc. (ASCAP)/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc./Donna Dijon Music Publications/Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by The Neptunes
Co-Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Tribeca Grand Hotel, NYC and (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Mixed by Noah Goldstein and Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Additional vocals: Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi appears courtesy of Universal Motown Records
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Pharrell Williams, James Brown, Joseph Roach, Tony Pinckney, Fred Wesley]

“New Day”
(K. West, S. Carter, R. Diggs, M. Dean, L. Bricusse, A. Newley)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Ramecca Music|Universal Music-Careers Publishing (BMI)/Papa George Music (BMI)/Richmond Organization o/b/o Musical Comedy Productions (BMI)
Produced by The RZA, Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978 and Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Additional production by Ken Lewis
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Le Meurice, Paris, France and Tribeca Grand, NYC
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Additional creative input: DJ Magnum
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Robert Diggs, Mike Dean, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley]

“That’s My Bitch”
(K. West, S. Carter, K. Fareed, J. Vernon, J. Brown, B. Byrd, R. Lenhoff, J. Lordan)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Universal Music-Z Tunes (ASCAP)/April Base Publishing|Chrysalis Music (ASCAP)/Crited Music, Inc. (BMI). All rights administed by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)/Regent Music Corp. (BMI)
Produced by Q-Tip and Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Additional Production by Jeff Bhasker
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions and Anthony Kilhoffer at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI
Assisted by Gaylord Holomalia and Christian Mochizuki
Mixed by Q-Tip and Blair Wells at MSR Studios, NYC
Assistant Engineer: Chris Soper
Additional vocals: Ely Jackson, Connie Mitchell and Justin Vernon
Justin Vernon appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar Records
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Kamaal Fareed, Justin Vernon, James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Ronald Lenhoff, Jeremiah Lordan]

“Who Gon Stop Me”
(K. West, S. Carter, S. Joseph, M. Dean, J. Kierkegaard)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Sham Joseph Publishing Designee (BMI)/Papa George Music (BMI)/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd. (PRS)
Produced by Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph and Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Additional Production by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Additional vocals: Mr Hudson
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Shama E. Joseph, Mike Dean, Joshua Kierkegaard]

“Murder to Excellence”
(K. West, S. Carter, K. Dean, L. Griffin Jr., S. Mescudi, Q. Jones, H. Mason Jr., J. Rosenbaum, C. Semenya, B. Summers, M. Modorcea, G. Modorcea)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Swizz Beats|Universal Tunes, a division of Songs of Universal (SESAC)/Vohndee’s Soul Music Publishing (ASCAP)/Papa George Music (BMI)/ Elsie’s Baby Boy|Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP)/Universal Music Corp. o/b/o Warner Olive Music LLC (ASCAP)/Songs of Universal, Inc. o/b/o Warner-Barham Music LLC (BMI)/Imagem Sounds (ASCAP)
Produced by Swizz Beatz and S1 for Soul Kontrollaz Productions/Very Good Beats
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Real World Studios, Wiltshire, UK
Assisted by Mat Arnold
Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Additional vocals: Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi appears courtesy of Universal Motown Records
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Larry D. Griffin Jr., Scott Mescudi, Quincy Jones, Harvey Mason Jr. Joel Rosenbaum, Caiphus Semenya, Bill Summers, Mihaela Modorcea, Gabriela Modorcea]

“Welcome to the Jungle”
(K. West, S. Carter, K. Dean, M. Dean)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Swizz Beats|Universal Tunes, a division of Songs of Universal (SESAC)/Papa George Music (BMI)
Produced by Swizz Beatz for Swizz Beatz Productions
Co-Produced by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Additional production by Ken Lewis
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Tribeca Grand Hotel, NYC and (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Additional vocals: Swizz Beatz, Acapella Soul
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean]

“Made in America” feat. Frank Ocean
(K. West, S. Carter, S. Joseph, F. Ocean)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Sham Joseph Publishing Designee (BMI)/Bug Music|Heavens Research (BMI)
Produced by Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph
Additional Production by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions and Anthony Kilhoffer at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Violin: Laura Escudé
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Shama E. Joseph, Frank Ocean]

“Why I Love You” feat. Mr Hudson
(K. West, S. Carter, M. Dean, P. Cerboneschi, H. Blanc-Francard, T. Camillo, M. Sawyer)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Papa George Music (BMI)/EMI Unart Catalog Inc. (BMI)/Kama Sutra Music, Inc. (BMI)/Because Editions o/b/o itself, Headbangers Publishing, Motor Bass and Love Supreme
Produced by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions and Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Real World Studios, Wiltshire, UK and Barford Estate, Sydney, AU
Assisted by Mat Arnold
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions and Anthony Kilhoffer at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Cello: Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Cello arranged by Mike Dean
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Philippe Cerboneschi, Hubert Blanc-Francard, Tony Camillo, Mary Sawyer]

“Illest Motherfucker Alive”
(K. West, S. Carter, M. Dean, J. Luellen, S. Mescudi)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Papa George Music (BMI)/Southside Publishing Designee|Songs of Mizay (BMI)/Elsie’s Baby Boy|Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced by Southside for Mizay Entertainment, Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978 and Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Real World Studios, Wiltshire, UK
Assisted by Mat Arnold
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Cello: Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Cello arranged by Mike Dean
Additional vocals: Kid Cudi, Bankulli and Aude Cardona
Kid Cudi appears courtesy of Universal Motown Records
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Joshua “Southside” Luellen, Scott Mescudi]

“H•A•M”
(K. West, S. Carter, L. Lewis, M. Dean)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Kimani/Mizay Entertainment, Inc./Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)/Copyright Control
Produced by Lexus “Lex Luger” Lewis for Mizay Entertainment, Inc.
Co-Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Additional Production by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at Real World Studios, Wiltshire, UK and (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Assisted by Mat Arnold
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Cello: Christopher “Hitchcock” Chorney
Cello arranged by Mike Dean
Additional vocals by Aude Cardona and Jacob Lewis Smith
Creative Direction: Riccardo Tisci
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Lexus Arnel Lewis, Michael Dean]

“Primetime”
(K. West, S. Carter, E. Wilson, R. Simmons, L. Smith, M. Reid)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Let The Story Begin Music Publishing/Chrysalis Songs (ASCAP)/Universal Music Publishing (ASCAP)/Songs of Universal Inc. (BMI)
Produced by NO ID for Rich Daily Since ‘71
Recorded by Noah Goldstein at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at (The Mercer) Hotel, New York
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Ernest Wilson, Russell Simmons, Lawrence Smith, Maureen. Reid]

“The Joy” feat. Curtis Mayfield
(K. West, S. Carter, C. Mayfield, P. Phillips, S. Mescudi, J. Cameron, J. Zachary)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc.|Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Soul Brother #1 (ASCAP)/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)/Universal Music-Careers (BMI)/The Numero Group (BMI)
Produced by Pete Rock for Soul Brother #1 Productions and Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978
Additional Production by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions and Jeff Bhasker
Recorded by Anthony Kilhoffer at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI
Assisted by Gaylord Holomalia and Christian Mochizuki
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Keyboards, Bass: Mike Dean
Additional vocals: Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson and Pete Rock
Kid Cudi appears courtesy of Universal Motown Records
[NFP: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Curtis Mayfield, Peter Phillips, Scott Mescudi, John Cameron, John Zachary]

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