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We were faked out with “H.A.M.,” teased with a Givenchy cover, and now — finally — we get to hear the Kanye-produced, Otis Redding-sampling first single from Yeezy & Jay-Z’s collaborative LP Watch The Throne. Stream below while you peruse the lyrics. You’ll also find a nice collection of pics from the studio above.

It’s also streaming at Jay-Z’s lifeandtimes.com in case the Soundcloud comes down.

LYRICS:
[Jay-Z]
Sounds so soulful don’t you agree
I invented swag
Poppin bottles putting supermodels in the cab
Proof
I guess I got my swagger back
Truth: new watch alert, Hublot’s
Or the big face Rollie I got two of those
Arm out the window through the city I’m a
Cock back, snap back
See my gut through the holes

[Kanye West]
Damn Weezy and Hov,
Where ya been?
Talkin real reckless stuntman
I adopted these bitches
Now I’m bout to make them tuck they whole summer in
They say I’m crazy but I’m bout to go dumb again
They aint see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz
Last week I was in my other other Benz
Throw your diamonds up cause we in this bitch and up again

[Jay-Z]
Photo shoot fresh
Looking like wealth
I’m about to call the paparazzi on myself
Uh, live form the Mercer, run up on Yeezy the wrong way
I might murk ya
Flee in the G450 I might surface
Politically refugee asylum can be purchased
Uh, everythings for sale, I got 5 passports
I’m never going to jail

[Kanye West]
I made Jesus walks so never going to hell
Couture level flow is never going on sale
Luxury rap, the Hermes of verses
Sophisticated ignorance
Write my curses in cursive
I get it custom
You a customer
You aint accustomed to going through customs
You aint been nowhere huh?
And all the ladies in the house got them showing off
I’m done I hit ya up, manana!

[Jay-Z]
Welcome to Havanna
Smoking Cubana’s with Castro and Cabanna’s
Viva Mexico, Cubana, Dominicano
All the clubs that I know
Driving Benz’s, With no benefits
Not bad huh, for some immigrants?
Build your fences, we diggin’ tunnels
Can’t you see we gettin money up under you

[Kanye]
Can’t you see the private jets flying over you
Maybach bumping ?
What would Hova do?
Jay is chillin, Ye is chillin
What more can I say
We killin’ ‘em
Hold up before we in this campaign
As you can see we bodied the damn lames
Lord please let them accept the things they cant change
And pray that all of their pain be champagne

Watch The Throne is out 8/8 via Roc Nation/Def Jam. Here’s the tracklist:

1. “No Church in the Wild” (featuring Frank Ocean)
2. “Lift Off” (featuring Beyoncé)
3. “Niggas in Paris”
4. “Otis” (featuring Otis Redding)
5. “Gotta Have It”
6. “New Day”
7. “That’s My Bitch”
8. “Who Gon Stop Me”
9. “Murder to Excellence”
10. “Welcome to the Jungle”
11. “Made in America” (featuring Frank Ocean)
12. “Why I Love You” (featuring Mr Hudson)

Deluxe edition will also include:
13. “Illest Motherfucker Alive”
14. “H.A.M.”
15. “Primetime”
16. “The Joy” (featuring Curtis Mayfield)

Comments (56)
  1. Not really feeling this track.

  2. Shite.

    “featuring Otis Redding”… Something is wrong about that.

    • I concur with your erudite dissection. It’s is quite unsettling – is it being proposed that Otis has ascended from the deceased in order to serenade this track, or are these harlots striving to grant Otis the credit he derserves, considering the prominence of the sample? Fucking assholes. don’t bust a knut, Al.

  3. I can’t help but just want to hear the Otis song.

  4. An under-produced Kanye track? Who knew…

  5. im going to equate the under-producing to a shitty youtube stream

  6. terrible!

  7. HaHaHaaaa – This song is a freakin joke. I’m glad the lyrics were posted. It shows how unoriginal these guys are. It just makes them sound like uneducated fools. How many times can you “rap” about the same freakin things. We get it – you drive Mercedes, you bang super models and you wear gaudy diamonds.
    Don’t even get me started on them completely ruining/butchering this awesome Otis Redding song. Hip Hop is an embarrassment to the human species.

    • While I will agree this song is well below par for both of these artists, did you by chance listen to Kanye’s new album? As ridiculous as some of the lyrics may have been, his talent for producing is far from uneducated.

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        • Agree. The final straw for me on pitchfork was seeing them give that album a higher rating then “Let It Be”.

        • “ZERO originality and completely inaccessible – do you really think anyone can listen to it? You can’t give an album a 5 out of 5 when its so vulgar that people of all ages can’t enjoy it.”

          I have no words.

          • Why don’t you have any words? I’m sure you can throw something together and elaborate on what you’re feeling.

          • undermythumb: I’m not sure if you know what the word “inaccessible” means. MBDTF was a fucking pop record, for Christssake.

          • I think his speechlessness is a way of saying that for an album or work of art to be great it doesn’t necessarily have to “appeal to all ages” or even all demographics.

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          • I really disagree with you, Undermythumb, that music (art) that doesn’t appeal to all ages is missing something. Heck, isn’t the old saying that if everyone likes something, no one will actually LOVE it. It goes back to the myth of “universal appeal.”

            TONS (one might even argue “all”) of great music is alienating on some level. Heck, your moniker has lyrics like: “Under my thumb, her eyes are just kept to herself, under my thumb, I can still look at someone else” or even “It’s down to me / the way she does just what she’s told” — lots of women would (and DO) find that distasteful. Does that take away from the greatness of the song? I don’t think so. I don’t think music has to be moralistic (it’s not scripture), just compelling. Part of what art can do is give us those feelings while inuring us from the consequences of those feelings. Songs like “fuck the police” or “under my thumb” can be cathartic experiences.

          • I’m talking about the offensive language – vulgarity – the n word the f word – used over and over and over – this is not art – never will be – sorry dude you’re just reading into it too much again – no need to be philosophical. This music is offensive and will NEVER stand the test of time.

          • undermythumb: It’s “would have”, not “would of”.

            Also, is your avatar an Andy Warhol style portrait of Mick Jagger? And you’re complaining that hip-hop is too vulgar to “stand the test of time”?

        • Wait, wait wait… You’re an idiot.

          • Yeah undermythumb, you’re a complete idiot. To tell people to stop being philosophical is to tell people to quit thinking and it seems like you have. To cast aside an intensely poetic and cathartic genre of music like hip-hop simply because some artists are ignorant losers is as ignorant as it gets. Language is only offensive if you make it offensive. There is nothing inherently evil about the word “nigger” or “fuck.” It’s all based in how it is used. Also, there isn’t a single song in the world that is universally accessible. To me, Katy Perry isn’t accessible because it sucks. And the Rolling Stones aren’t really great for children to listen to either. It’s not the word “fuck” that is a problem but rather the message of the song. The Stones are quite a sexist band if you haven’t noticed.

            To claim that there is nothing to read into in Kanye’s MBDTF is simply foolish. The very name of the album suggests that he knows his fantasy/reality is twisted. Many of the songs are peppered with or solely composed of very introspective and sad lyrics. You must have skipped “Runaway,” “Blame Game,” “Gorgeous,” and big chunks of other tracks on your first listen. Or maybe you didn’t even listen to it at all. It’s highly creative. Where the fuck has music like that been produced before? He does not come across as uneducated: you do. Kanye’s music often works on two levels and you’re missing the deeper one entirely, probably because you think it’s bogus to think philosophically about a hip-hop album. Kanye’s aware of his own “sophisticated ignorance” which I think actually makes him an intelligent man. You need to quite commenting on something you know nothing about.

  8. Is it too early to call this project a cynical cash-grab for both artists?

  9. Since I’m not a fan of any current hip-hop I’ll refrain from commenting on the song but hearing Kanye and Jay-Z over my favorite Otis Redding song just makes me feel sad. It reminds me that theres not many real talented black muscians or singers out now-a-days. Besides Tunde and Kyp fromTOTR I’m struggling to think of many. When you compare kanye, Jay and Wayne to the likes of Otis, Smokey and Sam Cooke no black artist today could be in the studio with those guys and not feel embarassed by the lack of real artistry in their songs. You’ll never hear a rapper rap about heartache like “Cupid”, “Tracks of my Tears” or “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, You wont hear desperation in a rap song like “Change is Gonna Come” or “Sittin on the Dock of Bay”.

    • So since you’re not a fan of any current hip-hop you won’t comment on the song, but just pretty much all of current hip-hop.

      • That post wasn’t really about hip-hop as much as the lack of uber-talented black artists like the Motown recording artists. Hip-hop just happens to have the most (only) famous black muscians today. Face it the musical aptitude of any rapper is no where near a Smokey Robinson “The greatest American poet”.

    • Lack of talented black musicians???????? Listen to the story Ghostface tells on “Shakey Dog” and tell me it’s not as gripping as the grittiest scenes from The Wire. Listen to Cannibal Ox and tell me they don’t have a penchant for poetry. I feel like I don’t even have to defend Outkast/Big Boi solo stuff b/c I’m just assuming everyone accepts they’re endless brilliance. Janelle Monae’s voice has the fire and passion of many of the best motown singers from back in the day. Flying Lotus makes KoL look childish. Frank Ocean’s lyrical concepts are beyond inventive. (I would try to defend ‘Ye but clearly you’re not going to listen to that). These are just some particular highlights in what’s a vast supply of incredibly inventive, original, and exciting music by black musicians. Maybe you should get off your white ass and make a half effort.

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    • That’s funny because I thought a lot of the lyrics on the Suburbs were juvenile and shallow: “hope that something pure can last” or the ten-years-out-of-date, American-Beauty-recalling imagery of “dead shopping malls / mountains beyond mountains.” Really? A bunch of hipsters find the suburbs distasteful to their urban sensibilities? How surprising!

      Anyhow, I think Kanye’s lyrics on his last album presented a persona that was conflicted — that craved fantasy (I think I’m in love with a porn star) but was all the while confronted with the limitations of reality (with all the colors of the sunset, you’ve got green on your mind, i can see it in your eyes). I think that was a decently interesting theme for any album, hip-hop or otherwise, and it seemed expressed and woven throughout almost every song. The album really seemed to be ABOUT something: the limitations of fantasy, the inability to reconcile dreams with reality and materialism, the conflicting desires of love and relationships, etc. I don’t think it was a “masterpiece” but I think it was a really good album.

      • See I interperted that when Kanye wrote Im in love with a pornstar he was commenting on the duality of man, the need for man to crave love but also lust. Haha ok so you find Arcade Fire Juvenile but” Im in love with a pornstar” deep on multiple levels thats fine but You’ve avoided the most direct parts of my arguements. Just tell me that Im wrong, that Kanye and Jay-Z are modern day Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson or that Kanyes discography holds his own when compared to Arcade Fires catalog of work and JayZ career is on the same level of a Radiohead.

        • Kanye has the best discography of any 21st century recording artist, hands down. Anyone can pick out a single out-of-context line from a rap album and cite it as juvenile and worthless. MBDTF was 100 times the album The Suburbs or King of Limbs is. Now I do really love Arcade Fire and Radiohead, but when Win Butler shouts out trite, empty bs about businessmen and the plight of folks living in the suburbs and Thom Yorke rehashes the same imagery he was using on Amnesiac, they lose me in a way that Kanye, even at his worst (I don’t like 808s like I love the rest of his catalogue), never has.

        • Not only are you wrong but there are plenty of people in Sam and Smokeys time that thought that They were garbage and were not making real music also. Do you know the village voice Pazz and Jop poll? Its a a yearly ranking of albums based on ALL the collective reviews from music publications. Kanye West is the ONLY MUSICIAN EVER to top it 3 time not to mention that he did it all in 6 years and got the 3rd by the biggest margin EVER and the poll has been happening since the 70s. You want songs about heartbreak from a hip hop artist? Heres and idea go pick up “808′s and Heartbreak”

      • hey man – all rappers are “confronted with the limitations of reality” (and don’t know where to draw the line) and “crave fantasy”(they think dating pornstars is being on top of your game and they think money is the most important thing in one’s life) There’s no conflict. It’s called delusion.That’s reality in their minds. Yes it’s a theme and yes it’s the theme of every rap album. I think you’re trying to hard and being a little bit too philosophical.

        • It’s fine to think that I’m reading too much into the album. I just think that a “Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy” is about fantasies (and the mention of “porn” is obviously in that same vein. That’s what porn IS, the acting out of sexual fantasies) and that to claim the album has absolutely no lyrical value is not looking at it closely enough. But, oh well, I thought my response was reasonable enough. I do like the Arcade Fire better than Kanye West anyhow — but I just think you’re not being generous enough.

        • You people are fools! I am SOOOOOOO sick of hearing about how “Original” Arcade Fire and RadioHeads musics. Arcade fire writes bad Bruce Springsteen songs and Radiohead hasn’t made anything interesting in 11 years. Sad but true! I think the thing you all fail to realize about hip hop is its not about what you are saying all the time its about how you say it! if you know ANYTHING about rap you would know that it comes from a form of speech called “the dozens”.

          The Dozens is a game that has its origins in African American slavery.. This element of the African American oral tradition in which two competitors, usually males, go head-to-head in a competition of often good-natured insults. They take turns “cracking,” “snapping,” “ribbing” or insulting on—one another, their adversary’s mother or other family member until one of them has no comeback. This is called playing the dozens or doin’ the dozens, and sometimes dirty dozens. The dozens is a contest of personal power—of wit, self-control, verbal ability, mental agility and mental toughness. Each putdown, each “snap”, ups the ante. Defeat can be humiliating, but a skilled contender, win or lose, may gain respect. The dozens is one of the contributing elements in the development of hip hop, especially the practice of battling.

          I get it custom
          You a customer
          You aint accustomed to going through customs
          You aint been nowhere huh?

          Is a prime example of this very old black tradition! So if you don’t get it and keep complaining about it go listen to some sad ass bands sing songs about being upset and white and waking up and sucking on lemons or see where your goin with lightnig bolts a glowin…

          • According to this the show yo momma is the most recent pure form of rapping, Wilmer Valderrama is the modern day melle mel. Anyone who claims Arcade Fire is ripping off Bruce Springsteen has clearly never listened to any Arcade Fire

    • you should check out mos def’s newest, if you already haven’t. or blu & exile’s “below the heavens.” not comparable to radiohead or arcade fire (i don’t even know how you’d do that), but it could restore some of your faith in hip-hop. artistic for sure.

  11. ITT: Opinions.

  12. sounds good to me lolz

  13. I like it. True, it sounds a bit under-produced and that yelling/screaming at the end is ill-advised, but this is SOLID……… as a ROCK.

  14. This is Ridiculous you know what i never see… I never see people who are really into hip hop go check out the new rock songs and complain about how its all about the same sad shit (even though it is)! If you have a problem with rap Don’t Fucking listen to it and let us that like it enjoy! Wouldn’t you be pissed of if a bunch of people who almost exclusively listened to rap went to the message boards to complain about the new Radiohead or Arcade Fire album and lamented the fact that the weren’t The beatles or the stones?! Cause that is what this comment section has become and its dumb.

  15. OmG with the fu*ck hip/hop shit Kanye is one hip-hop artist. Who might I say is probably the best. This is one song….one song! All yall haters pop in Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and shut the hell up already.

    Obviously…I’ll say it again obviously the rap artists you hear on the radio aren’t necessarily that creative…they’re mainstream. Mainstream sucks it’s why I don’t watch the grammy’s or the BET awards for that matter. Now don’t let a handful of rappers influence your abject judgement on an entire genre. Look beneath the surface. have you heard Blu’s Below the Heaven’s coachellajunkie probably not cause you too busy mouthin off based on the creativeness of a few pop stars. Come on man.

    cochellajunkie says: “not many real talented black muscians or singers out now-a-days”

    Winston Marsallis
    Outkast ( OMG rappers with talent!)
    Erykah Badu
    talib kweli
    Lauryn Hill
    The Roots (OMG they play REAL instruments!)
    Nas
    Daddy G of Massive Attack
    TVTOTR
    Esperanza Spalding
    Kanye…yup
    Common
    Black Thought
    Dead Prez
    ghostpoet
    MF Doom
    Madlib
    Jay Dilla (RIP)
    Flying Lotus
    Joshua Redman (that’s jazz cause you know not all black musians and singers are part of the quote unquote “hip hop culture”)
    etc.

    Why every time a mainstream rap track comes on we gotta take it to race. Hip-hop is not black music it’s a part of Black music. smh. I swear, that quote has to be one of the most ignorant things I’ve read on stereogum.

    • Why anytime someone mentions black people are they made out to be racist he wasnt making disparaging remarks he simply was voicing his opinion that motown artists were more talented then rappers. It wasnt a comparsions of race as much as genres.

      • I didn’t say he was racist anywhere in there did I? He questioned the creativity of contemporary Black musicians…not musicians in general but black musicians. That’s what I took offense to. I’m not ignorant enough to call someone racist even if they said they hated all black music…we’re not all musicians. Done.

  16. I’m digging it! Narcissism interplay, I play— all day—walk outside for a talk, everybody hates the screech of my chalk, I scream hey baby, don’t you want my cock. A finger is flipped and i’m of into my enigmatic sunset, and LED screen where the lip soothes my bite. I’m its pet. At least someone’s digging into it and coming up with some bullshit.

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    • That is a dumb statement much like the one you left under my earlier comment. I was attempting to explain to you clueless people on here who CLEARLY KNOW NOTHING about the Genre of rap or where it came from in the black community, why all the bragging is culturally significant but i guess you someone who says something as ridiculous as one band being better than an entire genre (that i am SURE they know nothing about) doesnt under stand things like that. OH and BTW i have listened to all the Arcade Fire albums and guess what THEY OWE A HUGE DEBT TO SPRINGSTEEN!! I didn’t make that up. Every critic has also mentioned this! If you cant here it in the music than clearly you have no ear and it explains why you are so ignorant about music in general. They even played with Springsteen recently!!

      http://thefastertimes.com/musicandculture/2010/08/08/springsteen-the-arcade-fire-and-the-ecstasy-of-influence/

      Once again if you don’t Fucking know what you are talking about shut the hell up!

    • You’re a wannabe hipster douchebag.

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