Ladies and gents, Kanye West and Jay-Z are ready.
After months of speculation and two weeks after letting EW and a few other outlets hear a rough version of their highly anticipated collab Watch the Throne, the two officially released a cut from it so that we may all bask in its opulent glory; you can listen to it by clicking here at Jay’s Life + Times.
It’s called “Otis”—named after the classic Otis Redding sample the beat is wrapped around. Jay and ‘Ye go tit for tat on the braggadocio-heavy cut. “I invented swag,” Jay declares from jump, and what follows is a lyrical onslaught of upscale rhymes and confidence justified by years of success.
Kanye explains why he hasn’t been caught out by the paparrazzi:”They ain’t seen me ’cause I pulled up in my other Benz/Last week I was in my other-other Benz.” Sure, these aren’t exactly the issues of the common man. But it’s so hip-hop. With no hook or chorus, it’s pleasantly unconventional. And between the soulful bounce and the aggressive delivery, this might be the most well-executed rap song of the year so far.
Have you heard “Otis yet? Think it’s better than “H.A.M.“? Tell us what you think. Looking forward to Watch the Throne?
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