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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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??
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.