Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne has finally arrived, after achieving the nearly impossible: the album was entirely prevented from leaking, making it the single most anticipated release to avoid an unauthorized debut in years.
The album is now available on iTunes for digital download with a physical release slated for August 12th, but you can also stream the entire record below, courtesy of Grooveshark:
From "Made In America"'s soft-slug dedication to the come-up, to the Blades of Glory snippet on "N****s In Paris" and beyond, the album is everything one would expect from two superstar Hip Hop kings joining forces to compare status and swagger. It's gaudy, it's over the top and wildly self-indulgent, defying the downward-spiraling economy to revel in "luxury rap" about fine art haute couture, a fitting narrative for two of rap's biggest egos and bank accounts. It's also one of the best albums of the year, and highly recommended listening.