Video: Gayle King on Watch The Throne‘s Listening Event

On Monday night, Jay-Z & Kanye West hosted a listening session for their new album at The American Museum of Natural History’s Planetarium. It was all the news yesterday, but in case you missed it: they basically played the album at outrageously high volumes while projecting a light show on the dome-shaped ceiling inside the Planetarium’s amphitheater. It was ill, and I was pleasantly surprised with the album. As someone who grew up on The Blueprint, movies like Fade To Black and who still listens to all 12 minutes of “Last Call”, I wanted to walk in there with little to no expectations – which is probably how we should be treating everything that gets tainted with this much “hype” these days. The worst part is I think that’s what they were going for by not addressing the media (at all) until they were ready and able to put out a full project that they were finally comfortable with[1]. I liked what I heard though: Watch The Throne has a couple bangers, some experimentation to it (they had to) and the album even comes with an overall message. Like I said on twitter yesterday, Kanye’s verses sounded like he was back in rare form but Jay was definitely the one delivering the aformentioned message.

There is a short breakdown of each song after the jump, at least from what I remember (no they weren’t serving drinks at the first session.)

“No Church In the Wild” is nuts, if for nothing more than the slow-building tempo of the beat, but Jay and Ye definitely both got off on the song too. Especially blended in with the surroundings we were sitting in, it really set the tone for the rest of the album. It left me with a scrunched up face for the duration of the track. Same with “Lift Off”, it was initially rumored to be sounding like a “single” early on, but it was sounding good to me (and instantly too, which is rare). When it comes to “Ni**as In Paris”, be warned: this isn’t your typical Hit-Boy type of beat… there’s dubstep on it. Actually one of at least two tracks that have that sort of beat to it. Towards the end of the song however, Kanye starts talking about or to somebody and threatening them to not to let him get in “his zone” and how the summer is definitely his.

“Otis” sounded much better with the added feeling of being catapulted through space. “Gotta Have It” was produced by The Neptunes, has a KiD CuDi feature from what I understood, and it knocks. RZA fucking snapped on “New Day”, which is a song where both MCs address their unborn sons. There are some lines in there that make it, to me at least, a future classic Jay & Ye track. People mainly walked away from the session discussing the lines Kanye said about not being able to find love in a stripclub (paraphrasing here), but Jay’s verse could give any rap fan goosebumps with lines like “it took me 26 years to find my path”, which I thought was the kind of Jay-Z line that won’t be going away any time soon.

“That’s My Bitch” sounds relatively similar to the leak. Yes, Kanye isn’t speaking gibberish on the intro anymore, the beat sounds like it might have been changed (the volume at which it was being played at honestly made it pretty hard to tell) and Jay added a few bars to his verse. However, Kanye doesn’t finish the song off anymore, it’s been cut down to two verses now. On “Welcome To The Jungle”, Jay pays homage to Guns ‘N Roses on the first few lines but I can’t remember if that was what I remember as being one of the best beats Swizz Beatz has ever done or if it was “Murder To Excellence”, which was only two songs away. (It’s probably the latter.)

In between the two there’s “Who’s Gon Stop Me” which is the second Dubstep song listeners should know about before listening to the album. After that there was “Made In America” which was cool (I’m Canadian). It had a few good lines, but Kanye really stole the show with his verse referencing being from “the murder capital where we murder for capital”. “Why I Love You” (featuring Mr Hudson) is the last song, and to me was sounding like one of the best on the album (along with the intro, actually). It’s the track Jay is recording in the Watch The Throne documentary that leaked last week. From what I can remember, Jay’s the only one rapping on that.

There was a lot to retain, especially since we weren’t allowed to have our phones with us and I didn’t think to bring anything to write on, so there might be a few details about the songs that got mixed up, but that’s pretty much it. Either way, everyone will be able to form an opinion and write it on Twitter when the album drops in 5 days.

Video spotted @ Ibn’s tumblr.

Related: Rap-Up did a pretty good job at writing down the most of what they could catch so head over there to read a pretty thorough break down of the album, including production credits and some memorable lines.

Also: Thanks to the people who wrestled to get me a wristband to get in. To Kanye: Sorry for wearing a FADER t-shirt.

[1] My understanding of it was that they scrapped the project several times before coming up with this last and final version.


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70 Responses to “Video: Gayle King on Watch The Throne‘s Listening Event”

  1. London Bloke Says:

    nahessay.com

  2. London Bloke Says:

    nahwrite.com

  3. why? Says:

    Did she mention That’s My Bitch?

    oh and R.I.P d.dot.

  4. Smooth Says:

    KFC >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Popeyes

    Buscuits with chicken? Who green lighted this fuckery?

    ^^^^^6

    fuck is on ya mind??

    POPEYES CHICKEN AND BISCUITS >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    my stomach growled just typin that shit, swear2god.

    KFC fell off like 10 years ago

    ^

    I know people that have been off’d for such statements

    R.I.P Hakeem with the chipped tooth

    Popeyes is to KFC what Teairra Mari is to Beyonce

  5. JDS of the CObra Kai Dojo Says:

    lol, the Zombear >>>

    did you make that in the Adobe Suite, seth?

  6. JDS of the CObra Kai Dojo Says:

    i sent the doc LeRoy

  7. Marv Says:

    POPEYES CHICKEN AND BISCUITS >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    ^^^^

    Co-Sign, they’re chicken is the best….

    Word to mother and their biscuits are so soft and warm when you get them….

    I’m salivating right now…

  8. hl Says:

    What was the message?

  9. LeRoy Green Says:

    @JDS bet that, Good lookin out 4 real

    @ Why? yea thats prob true i’m just on the hunt 4 that shit like everybody else is

  10. JDS of the CObra Kai Dojo Says:

    @ hl, firefox crashed on me so I had to start uploading the ATCQ doc all over again.

    i’m just going to step away from the comp and let it do its thing.

  11. London Bloke Says:

    Watch the throne alternative cover:

    twitpic.com/60i95e

    ^

    LMAO

  12. Smooth Says:

    IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ALBUM

    GONNA BUY IT ON ITUNES

    SO HYPED

  13. JDS of the CObra Kai Dojo Says:

    # hl Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What was the message?

    ^^

    lol

  14. bort Says:

    “Kanye really stole the show with his verse about being from ‘the murder capital where we murder for capital’.” Huh? The Jay-Z line?

  15. Harlem World Says:

    London Bloke Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Watch the throne alternative cover:

    twitpic.com/60i95e

    ====================
    holey shit

  16. Harlem World Says:

    Popeyes is to KFC what Teairra Mari is to Beyonce

    ============================
    this is so accurate – id feast on both

  17. London Bloke Says:

    Yo im really dead at that twitpic

  18. Harlem World Says:

    smh at music critics

    i just wanna hear the album for myself – this is savagery

  19. Remixznflow Says:

    fuck is on ya mind??

    POPEYES CHICKEN AND BISCUITS >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    my stomach growled just typin that shit, swear2god.

    KFC fell off like 10 years ago

    ^
    fam… i laughed heartily when i read this… my stomach did the same damn thing!

    *daps Leroy Green*

    whaddup?

  20. JDS of the Cobra Kai Dojo Says:

    hl Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What was the message?

    ^^

    lol

  21. rex hussla Says:

    Wait…so why would I care about the hip-hop opinion of Oprah’s sidekick?

    Or is that a different Gayle

  22. NovemberEnd Says:

    this isn’t your typical Hit-Boy type of beat… there’s dubstep on it
    ^^^
    SMH

  23. Harlem World Says:

    RIP D Dot Omen

    was Nation/Eskay invited to the WTT listening session?

  24. London Bloke Says:

    Rex takes pitchforks opinion over his own

  25. heroine headliner Says:

    That murder capital line is from “lucifer”, kanye wrote it tho jay rapped it

  26. London Bloke Says:

    RIP Dre

    He died so Nate could get an invite

  27. why? Says:

    was Nation/Eskay invited to the WTT listening session?

    ^

    I think Nation was. Eskay had to probably watch his kids.

  28. Harlem World Says:

    NovemberEnd Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    this isn’t your typical Hit-Boy type of beat… there’s dubstep on it
    ^^^
    SMH

    =============
    CO smh x almost vomits

  29. London Bloke Says:

    @Harlem – i think that write-up was from Nate

    He didnt make it clear with the “spotted @”

  30. JDS of the Cobra Kai Dojo Says:

    Popeyes is so good they don’t even have to give me the chicken.

    just fry up the shit they batter the pieces with.

  31. Harlem World Says:

    London Bloke Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    @Harlem – i think that write-up was from Nate

    He didnt make it clear with the “spotted @”
    =================
    i see,

    im trying to avoid all reviews – they always do this with jay/kanye

  32. why? Says:

    Ah fuck it. I’m gonna preorder the album.

  33. Harlem World Says:

    “Otis” sounded much better with the added feeling of being catapulted through space

    =========================
    :/

  34. London Bloke Says:

    Ah fuck it. I’m gonna preorder the album.

    ^

    why?

  35. rex hussla Says:

    can we get much hiiiiiiiiiiiii-iiiiigher

  36. Remixznflow Says:

    The expectation of a discrete random variable is the mean of the probability distribution of the random variable, that is, it is the weighted mean of the possible values of the random variable, with the weights being the probabilities.

    Formally, the expectation, , of a discrete random variable that takes on the values is:

    ^
    huh? FUCK statistics b…

    FUCK IT…

  37. JDS of the Cobra Kai Dojo Says:

    can we get much hiiiiiiiiiiiii-iiiiigher

    ^^

    I’d love to hear Red & Meth use that song lol

  38. Smooth Says:

    That’s my bitch should have been the single
    thats classic music right thurr

  39. London Bloke Says:

    Regression analysis >

  40. heroine headliner Says:

    Yo nate what was the message of the album?

    Ya

  41. rex hussla Says:

    London Bloke Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    @Harlem – i think that write-up was from Nate

    theallmightysovereignty.tumblr.com/

    ^

    I’m confused [ll]…

    so this is Nation on the right?

  42. Harlem World Says:

    Smooth Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    That’s my bitch should have been the single

    =================
    cosign

  43. why? Says:

    o Kanye: Sorry for wearing a FADER t-shirt.

    ^

    SMH at you, the fader guy who got kicked out last time, and D Dot.

    Making bloggers look bad.

  44. Harlem World Says:

    Waka Flocka & Slim Dunkin – Twin Towers 2 (No Fly Zone)
    Friday, August 5th @ 10:17 PM EST!
    2 Days, 3 Hours, 36 Minutes, 0 Seconds

    the world isn’t ready yet

    *falls back*

  45. Marv Says:

    This album is getting so much hype…..

    If it’s anything less than angelic sounding I’m not listening to Jay/Kanye anymore…

    I mean the album better be some Moses, walk on water type special shit….

    Seriously….

  46. Carlos Voltron AKA Dixie Normous Says:

    For a second I thought Nation or Eskay wrote this. Then I realized that couldn’t be true because them niggas don’t get invited nowhere.

  47. London Bloke Says:

    1

  48. Eastern_Digital Says:

    What happened to D.Dot? no homo

  49. why? Says:

    Eastern_Digital Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm
    What happened to D.Dot? no homo

    ^

    He snuck a phone into the listening session and recorded bad quality snippets from WTT that he later put on his site.

  50. JDS of the Cobra Kai Dojo Says:

    What happened to D.Dot? no homo

    ^^

    snuck in the session and recorded and posted snippets on his site.

  51. Eastern_Digital Says:

    What happened to D.Dot? no homo

    ^

    He snuck a phone into the listening session and recorded bad quality snippets from WTT that he later put on his site.

    ^^^
    smh..that was D.Dot? He should’ve known better.

  52. Marv Says:

    What happened to D.Dot? no homo

    ^^^

    Isn’t D-Dot Omen J.Cole’s boy?….

    He’s also the dude that snuck into the “Watch The Throne” listening session and leaked some tracks from it correct?….

    Yeah, his career is over….

  53. Harlem World Says:

    Yeah, his career is over….

    ==================
    roffs

  54. Marv Says:

    For a second I thought Nation or Eskay wrote this. Then I realized that couldn’t be true because them niggas don’t get invited nowhere.

    ^^^

    lol

  55. nation Says:

    >> “Kanye really stole the show with his verse about being from ‘the murder capital where we murder for capital’.” Huh? The Jay-Z line?

    yeah, but he’s talking about Chicago on there

    >> I think Nation was. Eskay had to probably watch his kids.

    ^^ this

  56. Harlem World Says:

    mafia music 2 instrumental >>>>

    i wouldnt be mad if that was the next Bond theme

  57. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    Harlem World Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    smh at music critics

    i just wanna hear the album for myself – this is savagery
    ——————————————-

    All of the other write ups by critics have sucked but this one was really good, the only good one I’ve read.

    Good shit nate.

  58. Marv Says:

    Why would a person do something so obvious like that though??….

    Check it: You are in the industry, you know Jay/Kanye….

    Why would he put it on HIS website???….

    The guy’s a joke man. He not only made himself look bad….

    I think this might take some points off of J.Cole also….

    SMFH….

  59. Harlem World Says:

    RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Harlem World Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    smh at music critics

    i just wanna hear the album for myself – this is savagery
    ——————————————-

    All of the other write ups by critics have sucked but this one was really good, the only good one I’ve read.

    Good shit nate.

    =====================
    sup rnc

    i got told it was nate and fell back

    *falls back some more*

  60. Cashmere Cavalli aka Snowbunny Sampson Says:

    Teairra Mari >>>>>>>>

    Melanie Fiona >>>>>>>>

    my R&B chicks with who don’t get enough shine for being fine

  61. heroine headliner Says:

    Ye wrote that murder capital line in like 03, for Jay z

  62. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    Harlem World Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    mafia music 2 instrumental >>>>

    i wouldnt be mad if that was the next Bond theme
    ———————————–

    That Olympicks tape you posted was pretty dope. Rozay either pay’s a shitload for his beats or he’s one of the best ever at finding great beats cheap.

    Judging by how unknown most of the producers on MMG Presents were, I’m guessing it’s the latter.

  63. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    sub harlem

    yeah I know you weren’t referring to nate in particular

  64. Marv Says:

    Nah nah yo Amerie is FIONE….

    The ones you mentioned are cool too but you forgot AMERIE….

    So sexy…

  65. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    Marv Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Why would a person do something so obvious like that though??….

    Check it: You are in the industry, you know Jay/Kanye….

    Why would he put it on HIS website???….

    The guy’s a joke man. He not only made himself look bad….

    I think this might take some points off of J.Cole also….

    SMFH….
    ———————————————–

    Seriously

  66. gramMasta Says:

    As someone who grew up on The Blueprint

    ^ WHICH BLUEPRINT?

    * plays “homeless” off the blueprint *

    * does not play this video due to stan revelation w/o specification *

  67. Eastern_Digital Says:

    mafia music 2 instrumental >>>>

    i wouldnt be mad if that was the next Bond theme

    ^^^
    word. Someone needs to send the Olympicks tape to the Broccolis.

  68. 007 Says:

    Teairra Mari >>>>>>>>

    Melanie Fiona >>>>>>>>

    my R&B chicks with who don’t get enough shine for being fine

    ^YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPP

    Amerie
    Cassie
    Letoya Luckett

  69. Harlem World Says:

    ddotomen.com/2011/08/03/but-in-this-game-you-only-lose-when-you-fight-back/

    roffle

  70. Marv Says:

    ddotomen.com/2011/08/03/but-in-this-game-you-only-lose-when-you-fight-back/

    ^^^

    This nigga lost in life…

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