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?
We told you all how Jay-Z and Kanye broke an iTunes record with 290,000 copies of “Watch The Throne” sold in a week, now see how Jay celebrates it. The “Otis” rap mogul held an album release party at club LIV and spend an amazing $250,000 on bottles.
Talk about bottle popping, the drinks flowed all night as his celebrity friends all got their sip on. Ne-yo, Ace Hood, Daddy Yankee, A-Rod, Kim Porter, Flo Rida and many more joined in on the festivities.
That bottle is HUGE. Jay also tipped the staff $50,000, my goodness!
Kanye West and Jay-Z are doing the damn thang….
The duo’s hit album “Watch The Throne” which was released on August 8th has broken an iTunes sales record. Selling 290,000 copies in the first week, the album broke Coldplay’s previous record of 155,000 copies sold of Viva La Vida back in 2008.
How they recorded an entire album without it getting leaked is beyond me. Soundscan will have the official numbers up soon. #thatshitcray
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.
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:
We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for a J. Cole album; but the rapper himself has been waiting even longer for a Jay-Z verse. Vibe.com caught up with the RocNation’s first signee at a private concert put on by Heineken Red Star and Roc Nation. Almost a month from the release of Cole World: The Sideline Story, Cole still doesn’t have a verse from his boss:
“I’m texting this man everyday. It might happen—he’s got like four or five days. It’s like a Christmas present—I just want it to come. I’m not harassing this man, anymore.”
He also says that instead of joining the “Watch the Throne Tour,” he will embark on his own:
“I’m got my own tour starting at the end of August in Canada, then the States in Sept—UK in October, November, December.”
Cole calls his “Any Given Sunday” series pretty random:
“It’s pretty random. I got a couple I know I’ma do already. I wake up like ‘what do I want to put out today.’ So it’s not always going to be five songs, three songs. Like this week coming up might just be a song. The week after that it might just be a video.”
When asked about the visuals for the Trey Songz assisted “Can’t Get Enough,” he calls it “Big Pimpin’ Pt. 2.” Love it!! Watch the interview below: