Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Watch the Throne: My Half Ass Review

I'm not really going to review this album. I'm just going to give my 2 Cents and be gone!

Okay, here's my spill. I was sent Jay-Z and Kanye's new album "Watch the Throne" Sunday night and I immediately gave it a listen because I really dig their first single "Otis". When I first heard "Otis" I became excited about hearing the rest of the album. I had hoped the album would be as consistent and enjoyable as the Jay-Z album "The Blue Print"" and the Kanye album "Graduation". "Otis" kind of took me back to 
"The Blue Print" era and I thought to myself, this "Watch the Throne" album just might be the joint I've been missing in my life. NOPE! 

Now don't get me wrong,  I'm a Jay-Z and Kanye fan (supporter) and I'm not out to bash or hate on anyone. As a matter of fact, one of the best concerts I've ever attended was a Jay-Z concert. Mr. Carter put on a remarkable performance. In my humble opinion, Jay-Z is that dude you can never count out! However, I've almost decided that I'm going to have to count out both Jay-Z and Kanye's ass with this "Watch the Throne" album! This LP just hasn't hit me like I thought it would. The crappy thing about it is I wanted to like it! No B.S.

Check it: The first song on the album is with Frank Ocean (I don't remember the name of it) and I do like it. I think the beat and Frank Ocean are what make the song hot. Jigga Man and Yeezy are just mediocre to say the least. As for the next couple of records...I don't even remember hearing them. That's how much they moved me. It wasn't until the RZA assisted record that I got open again. Then I came up missing until the last 2 or 3 records played. The last few records are what made me feel like some magic was made. These songs feel the most authentic in my opinion. The beats are dope and the word-play is up to par. 

I don't know, maybe I'm buggin' out over here. Maybe I need counseling or something. Maybe I'm just over the "I got this and that and you don't" type of shit hip-hop loves to portray. All I know is after two listen's (all the way through) I'm not even amp'd to play the album again. I'll just have to hear "Otis" on the radio. Maybe I'll schedule in one more listening session to make my final decision. 

Finally, I guess liking 3 or 4 songs in today's market of buying (or downloading) music isn't all that bad. I just remember when artists made albums that were consistent and listenable all the way through. I use to know the words to every song on an album. Now I can't even recite someone's first verse!

I guess I'll have to continue to "Watch the Throne".

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