QOTD: Was a Classic or Commercial Throne Unveiled?


Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album Watch the Throne was released today without a single leak, which Rolling Stone reported may have been due to the artists’ decision to limit distribution to iTunes and Best Buy. The highly anticipated project set global Twitter trends throughout the day with fans and critics offering reflections on the complete body of work. Some expressed excitement over the unveiling of a soon-to-be classic while others conveyed disappointment due to what they believed to be highly materialistic and “disconnected” lyrics. The alienation experienced by independent record store owners in the album’s distribution and the prices of Watch the Throne concert tickets were also heavily discussed today. What do you say about all of this? Was this a classic or commercial “Throne” that was unveiled?

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1 Comment

  1. Brian Foulks

    November 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    This album actual should be the blueprint on how to make a complete album. Whether you like the songs or not the album is complete. Razor sharp production and lyrics that “leave scientist mentally scarred.” I am not a big Jay-Z fan but the dude is at his best on this album and the production from Kanye titters on brilliance. So I say it is the second best Hip Hop album this year. The title alone can spark a month long dialog itself.

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