Last summer Hov & Kanye gave us the excellence that was the Watch The Throne album and it looks like there is more to come. Mike Dean, Kanye’s go-to producer and engineer, confirmed the album sequel is in the works.
Watch The Throne doesn’t move me. It’s lyrical irrelevance, tho’ not totally surprising, was disappointing. Esp. being 2 of the most(Thee Most) relevant Hip-Hop artist of this era, I feel like they had an opportunity to create a major shift in content of today’s Hip-Hop, moving forward towards a greater acceptance of balance in popular music, via various subject matter, production styles, and overall envelope pushing. They could’ve EASILY influenced or supported brewing musical revolutions. But, I don’t think they maximized that moment, at least not with relevant social commentary & not even sonically. There’s a difference between Hot & Timeless(Classic). This project leans more towards the former.
I guess they can try again with WTT 2, but that will inevitably be a different moment to cease. Opportunity missed. This is not to bash JaYe, fans of, or WTT itself even.Just to say, as an artist, I was disappointed & unmoved by the content, & as a consumer/supporter of these artist I yearned for something else.BTW I do know how to separate the two(Which is important), even if at times it can be a bit more challenging to do so. Anyway, Hip-Hop needed it’s Throne Holders to guide us & usher in a validation of substance, definitely during these times where it lacks such, especially in the way of mainstream. They possess(ed?) the power to cause a market shift in one fell swoop, subsequently having the consumer demand more of said substance. Why they haven’t, at least in a manner that would swing the pendulum of popular music back into(or closer to) balance? You tell me.