Pop Throwup

see 10 min doc here.

From HuffPo:

This addiction to challenges carries over into the album’s production, with the rappers flipping through genres and tempos and verse structures like a veritable Wikipedia of pop music. They each rap entire verses, they battle line-to-line, Jay dips back into double-time, Kanye drawls out words that should never rhyme. They casually mention the Holocaust, name check everyone from Malcolm X and Mark Rothko to Jesus, Joseph and Mary and drop in Ferris Bueller references for good measure. If not made up entirely of club bangers, no one can question that the album does sound like the two invested a great deal of time (and phone calls, calling in production from RZA, Swizz Beatz and more) on it.

Watch The Throne hits all the necessary bases.

Other critics weren’t so nice. So, anybody hear the KanJay album yet? Yay or Nay?


Naima "Nai" Ramos-Chapman is the Associate Editor at Campus Progress, a dancer with Taurus Broadhurst Dance in D.C., and an aspiring visual artist (she doodles). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Naimaramchap.
  • It’s definitely the most entertaining hip-hop album of the year so far. The highs are really high (“Murder to Excellence”, “New Day”, “Made In America”) and the lows are just mediorce. It’s the best Jay-Z has sounded on an album in a few years.

    I can’t help but feel if this had been a release *just* by Kanye or other less opulent rappers it would have been received better and probably praised for not sounding like any other hip-hop album out right now.

    I said this on Twitter upon hearing it though: Has an album ever contrasted so greatly with what is going on in the country at the time of its release?