Welcome back to Music Monday Everyone,
As much as I would love to send you guys some variation of my fave genres (soca, dubstep, rap, and house), I couldn’t possibly mention anything other than the “historical” release of the album “Watch the Throne” by Jay-z and Kanye West.
Now I’m not much of a Jay-Z fan (in fact I’m quite the opposite), and though I respect Kanye’s work, cannot stand who he is as a person. I’ve always seen these two as the rap game’s most pretentious, and it has always frustrated me how people will jump on any of their tracks because of their name, and not the quality. They to me are a living exhibition of commercial America ruining music. Soulja Boy is a kid having fun, these are men truly selling out.
That all being said, there’s only one way I can truly describe this album. Swag.
Maybe it’s the incredible sampling, the humble introspective lyrics, or the fact that they included one of my current favorite artists, Frank Ocean, on two of their tracks, this album just sounds too nice. I mean Kanye prides himself on being exceptionally cocky/confident (bouncing back and forth over the line), and yet he comes out with a track like, “New Day” where he talks about his future children and how he wants them to grow up. The maturity level alone of tracks like this, “No Church In The Wild” and a number of others just goes to show that these guys have a softer side past the whole bravado they portray to the media. The creative juices they’re spewing are just on another level.
Rating: Listening Discretion Advised: This album is not the most amazing thing ever made. It is not something you’ll hear and go, “SHIET THEY JUST WENT JAMBONS!” But it definitely is something you can bob your head and pay attention to, so definitely give it a listen or two before judging. I’d rate this album at about 4/5.
Note: These songs below are slightly sped up so they can stay on youtube. If you want to get the whole album, private message any one of us and we’ll hook you up.
No Church In the Wild Feat. Frank Ocean
Welcome to the Jungle
Lots of Love,