Feature artwork by Cap Blackard
After several delays, Kanye West and Jay-Z’s enormously anticipated joint album, Watch the Throne, will finally be released on August 8th. But let’s not forget that this is far from the first time the two artists have teamed up. In fact, it was Jay who thrust West into the limelight in the first place: After producing “This Can’t Be Life” for Hov’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia album and handling several of the tracks for its follow-up, 2001’s seminal The Blueprint, West went from little-known beatsmith to full-fledged super-producer in just under a year. Ever since, the artists have collaborated frequently, hooking up for songs like “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)”, “Run This Town”, and “Monster”.
Here, we’ve compiled 22 of the greatest and most important moments that Yeezy and Hov have yielded together. Some feature ‘Ye on the beat and Jay on the mic, while others feature rapping from both. Whatever the case, you can be sure that greatness lies within most of the tracks covered here; these guys tend to bring out the best in each other. That’s why we’re expecting big things from Watch the Throne and why you should be, too.
– Mike Madden