August 8th 2011 marks the birthdate of the duo album Watch The Throne. Its controversial release made for a good marketing tool. In the midst of rebuilding from the financial crisis created in 2008, some found it distasteful to release such an album.
Let’s face it, the album was braggadocious by design. The question to be asked is whether the intent was a slap in the face to those struggling or give a glimmer of hope to those affected by celebrating black success? The leading single “Niggas in Paris” is the third song on the album and sets the tone for the rest of it. “Ball so hard motherfuckers wanna fine me” (Jay Z) “That shit cray” (Kanye).
Both “Otis” and “Gotta Have It” follow respectively, maintaining the same mantra. On “New Day” Kanye discusses what he would like for his children. On “That’s My Bitch” Jay Z mentions the issue of the misrepresentation of beauty to be confined to only fair skinned women. Throughout, the two artists make constant references to wearing black or being black in accordance with their message. “Murder to Excellence” was probably the boldest of all the songs on the album to me. Sampling Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us”, Jay Z & Kanye set out to unpeel all injustices. No matter what anyone says, it will forever be one of the most groundbreaking albums of the decade. “Power to the people, when you see me; see you.” – Jay Z. Well I see you Jay, I see me too. One day there will be more blacks where you are. Thanks for the inspiration.