News: Kanye West & Jay-Z Are "Really On Some Black History Sh*t" W/ Throne LP, Says Talib Kweli [Video]
Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 6:30PM
Grammy-winning rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z's upcoming Watch the Throne album will live up to the hype promises Talib Kweli, who also co-signed the project's "H.A.M." lead single.
According to Kweli, fans are being too critical over Jay and West's "H.A.M."
"I heard a lot of that album and it's f*cking dope," Kweli promised in an interview referring to Jay-Z and Kanye West's upcoming Watch the Throne album. "I mean, when Kanye played me that 'H.A.M.' record, to me, I like that record. I seen a lot of criticism about that record. It came under a lot of criticism...Kanye's an overwhelming presence -- that song came out of nowhere as opposed to a follow-up of his great album. I think there'd be less criticism. People would appreciate it. It's a trending record. It fits right with what's happening in music and hip-hop and radio right now. And I think their fans criticizing it want Kanye not to do something so extreme." (The Source)
Kweli also hinted at a black history-themed track being on the LP.
"I heard one record, man, I don't even know what it's called," Kweli added. "It's about black history. And it's like, Kanye and Jay are really on some black history sh*t. The beat is tough. You know, if you're spending time hating on Kanye and Jay-Z -- you're missing out -- and you could be smacking yourself in the future, like, 'What was I thinking?'" (The Source)
"H.A.M." officially debuted online a few weeks ago to mixed reactions.
The ultimate collaboration of current rap royalty is here, as Kanye West and Jay-Z have unveiled their first single from Watch the Throne, which they're dubbing "H.A.M." What might "H.A.M." stand for? No, it's not a porky cut of meat you likely ate at Aunt Lucy's house over the holidays. When Kanye and Jay-Z are involved, the acronym means "hard as a mother-------." The tune is complete with Roman-style chants, piano solos and all sorts of Kanye-fueled theatrics and grandeur that made his last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, one of the best-reviewed albums of the year. (Celebuzz)
Writing on Twitter in late January, West said fans could anticipate the LP in 60 days.
"I could never do stand up cause I tell jokes better when I'm sitting," West tweeted Sunday (January 23).
"I'll be back this SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!! IN THE STUDIO NOW WITH THE BEARS GAME ON ... WATCH THE THRONE COMING IN 2 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!! MY NEW ALBUM COMING THIS SUMMER ... ALL THE LIGHTS VIDEO IN 1 WEEK!!!!!! THIS IS HIGH END RAP MUSIC I just threw some bassoon on this muthaf*cka" (Kanye West's Twitter)
Check out Talib Kweli speaking on Watch the Throne down below: