Jay-Z, Kanye West earn high praise for ‘Throne’

NEW YORK, (Reuters Life!) – No need for Kanye West  and Jay-Z to simply watch a throne. Judging by Monday’s reviews  and Web response to their new album, “Watch the Throne,” they  should just sit atop it to reign over the realm of hip hop.

The highly anticipated album from the pair of music masters  was met with high praise across the Web only hours after being  released exclusively on iTunes at midnight, Monday.

The album received glowing early reviews. Allhiphop. com  gave it 9 out of 10 stars, calling it “a creative victory at  worse and at its very best, a paradigm shift for Hip-Hop.”

Musician and producer Questlove of Grammy-winning band The  Roots took to Twitter in the wee hours of the morning,  enthralled by Jay-Z’s performances on an emerging fan favorite.  He tweeted: “Hov’s verse on `Who Gone Stop Me’ is gettin a 4th  listen at 2am.”

Hip-hop historian and deejay Davey D was so impressed he  tweeted that “Watch the Throne” “is better than illmatic, 36  chambers, Aquemini, Sgt Pepper & Joshua Tree combined,”  referring to albums from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, the  Beatles, and U2.

Davey D was accused of getting carried away by journalist  and author Toure, who tweeted, “friends don’t let friends  overhype.” But even Toure was impressed, calling the album  “great,” and lauding the “substantive” lyrics on tracks like  “New Day” on which Kanye and Jay-Z address their future sons.

Only a few comments steered toward negative. The Chicago  Tribune’s Greg Kot gave the album two out of four stars and  called  Kanye “desperate, transparent, awkward, vulnerable.” He  also said Jay-Z lost his steam,

“He no longer needs to surprise us, he simply needs to file  annual updates reminding us that, after all, he’s Jay-Z and  you’re not,” Kot said.

Hip-hop fans have been waiting impatiently for “Watch the  Throne” since Kanye West first mentioned it on Twitter almost a  year ago. The two have a storied history, dating back to more  than a decade ago when Kanye West got his big break producing  for artists signed to Roc-a-Fella records, the label co-founded  by Jay-Z.

But a lot of the buzz surrounding the album has nothing to  Jay-Z or West, Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean’s two guest  appearances on the tracks “No Church” and “New America,” made  him a popular topic online Monday. The album also features  guest appearances by Beyonce and Mr. Hudson, as well as vocal  work from late soul singers Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield.

Mixtape DJ Mick Boogie tweeted, “I feel like Frank Ocean is  channeling his inner mos def on “no church” – not a bad thing.”

West might want to take note of all the positive buzz. Over  the weekend, he went on a rant during a show in England in  which he said people look at him like he’s Adolf Hitler.

The 34-year-old who has earned a reputation for outlandish  behavior, broke into the middle of his set during the Big Chill  music festival on Saturday night to talk about how much he was  misunderstood and underappreciated.

“I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and  people look at me like I’m…insane, like I’m Hitler,” he said  to boos from the crowd. “One day the light will shine through  and one day people will understand everything I ever did.”

West is known for public outbursts. He grabbed the  microphone away from Taylor Swift while she was being honored  for best female video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and  said Beyonce should have won the award.

In 2005, West said “George Bush doesn’t care about black  people” during a Hurricane Katrina telethon.

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