Today’s Music Minute Year In Review ends on a pretty regal note if you ask us. The stars of this year’s rap and hip hop scene, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm] who use the moniker [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Throne [/lastfm]when rocking the stage together had the whole world going crazy in “Paris,” leaving us all asking the question, “What’s Gucci my…?”
[photogallerylink id=130770 align=left]The duo’s platinum selling, critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 and sold 436.000 in its first week. At the end of the year, their album Watch The Throne has made it onto just about everyone’s “Year’s Bests” lists and featured features and samples from an eclectic mix of musicians including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kid Cudi[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Swizz Beats[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mr. Hudson[/lastfm] to name a few.
While the biggest single “Paris” has been all over the radio, the video for the song “Otis” showed off the swag deep pockets of luxury that Jay and Kanye have become accustomed to. Though some critics complained that their “bragging” came at an insensitive time in American culture, both men persist that the album is for “the people.” But not one critic hated on the production value and quality of the 16-track album.
The Throne’s biggest contribution to music this year, however, must be the promotional tour that the rappers put on in support of the album.
No matter who you ask and no matter what city they saw the show in, what was clear is that every single night, Jay and Kanye rocked the house and filled arenas all over the country and Canada. The stripped down, all black everything performance featured a compelling light show in addition to their always impressive rap skills.
Journalists who reviewed the concert started noticing a pattern of how many times the duo would perform their hit “Paris,” every city got an encore of the track being performed live on a loop, but some cities like L.A. had epic experiences with the song being performed 7 & 9 times in one show. Toronto took the top prize and received “Paris” 11 times in a row.
While nothing is set in stone, Jay recently teased a round 2 for the Throne. We got our fingers crossed! Who gon’ stop us, huh?
“Otis” by The Throne
- How do you think Kanye and Jay-Z did this year? Could it have been a bigger year for the duo? Are you excited about what they have in store for the future? Comment below!