With all the talk of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne being avant-garde, some fans can take solace in the fact that experimentation has yielded some reflective lyrics via the duo’s work with the RZA.
In an interview yesterday with Rolling Stone, the RZA explained his intent was to supply The Throne duo with beats that were totally different from the pop sound dominating Hip-Hop. The music he sent was part of the tracks Jay-Z and Kanye worked on while holed up in an Australian mansion, as seen on the “Watch the Throne” documentary.
“I just thought I would send some shit that would be rugged,” The RZA said. “I know they can find the poppy, hip-hop places, but I wanted to send them some real edgy shit. Apparently they thought they were great – Kanye said, ‘Send some more of that Wu shit!'”
At listening session last night at NYC’s Hayden Planetarium, Jay-Z and Kanye West debuted their RZA collaboration “New Day.” The song is addressed to their unborn sons while also tackling feelings of abandonment from their absentee fathers. While RZA is yet to hear the final product, he believes the work will far eclipse any past collaborations done by the group.
“With this project, it’s the best of many worlds,” he said. “These two guys have a great chemistry and a great relationship. I’m excited.”
Watch the Throne hits stores on August 9.