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Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne Coming in 2011

Fans will have to wait until next year for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne album...

Fans will have to wait until next year for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne album.

Originally, West planned to release Watch the Throne and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in November. But Kanye confirmed today (November 4) that the focus for the rest of the year will be his own LP and his G.O.O.D. team.

“It’s coming soon,” Kanye said during his Ustream conference call. “It’s gonna be early next year, though.”

The duo’s work has been heavily featured during Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Fridays series on tracks like the “Power (Remix),” “Monster,” and “So Appalled.” Last week’s song showcased the pair rhyming over the Pete Rock-produced “The Joy,” causing speculation on if the offering signaled the album’s direction.

Both artists have been recording since August. According to Jay-Z, they are close to wrapping up the 10-track album.

“Before I came into London we were in Bath at Peter Gabriel’s studio,” Jay-Z told Tim Westwood. “We recorded some songs there. It’s exciting that its coming out…[We’re] pretty close.”

At press time, no outside producers or guests emcees have been finalized.


The greedy side of me was hoping this would come in November. But stepping back, it made little sense for them to rush it out like that.

Of course, the project would have gotten a lot of attention, but there would be a big risk of supersaturation with it dropping in the same month as Kanye album, Kid Cudi’s LP, and the G.O.O.D. Friday tracks. With all that music coming, fans wouldn’t really be able to digest it full without getting ready to move onto the next project.

According to Jay-Z on his recent Hot 97 stop, their target date is February, which is more than enough space for them to take their time selecting producers and determining the final tracklist.

Since 2009, we’ve seen a lot of artists moving towards the one emcee/one producer format. I wouldn’t mind seeing more artist partnership albums like Kanye and Jay-Z becoming the norm, even if it’s just mixtapes.

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