Initially intended to be an EP, Watch the Throne -- from rap superstars Jay-Z and Kanye West, aka the Throne -- took on a number of forms prior to its release as a full-length album. Nailed down during January 2011 sessions at Mercer Hotel in New York City, the aggressive and boast-heavy set features vocal appearances from Beyonc?, Frank Ocean, and La Roux's Elly Jackson, as well as writing and production assistance from the likes of Swizz Beatz, the Neptunes, the RZA, Om'Mas Keith, and Terius "the-Dream" Nash.
Rolling Stone (p.67) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "This is an album that takes aim at the history books....It has a sound to match those grand pretensions."
Rolling Stone (p.67) - Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "THRONE testifies to Kanye West's genius for beats both iconoclastic and pop-savvy."
Spin (p.16) - Ranked #40 in Spin's 'The Top 40 Albums Of 2011' -- "[They] segue into dubstep and '70s art rock..."
Magnet (p.56) - "Jay sounds generally reinvigorated: good-humored, full of nimble, intricate wit and atypically emotionally revealing..."