What began as a five-song EP, turned into a collaborative masterpiece. On August 8, 2011, rap legends, Jay-Z and his protege, Kanye West, released Watch the Throne. The album would add four Grammy Awards to their already decorated collection. The album would also spark a legendary tour that saw two figures on Hip-Hop’s Mount Rushmore together for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Hov and Ye stood united as one.

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Watch The Throne brought the best out of both rappers. Although critics would have loved more bar heavy tracks rather than sonically pleasing ones, the album is a press play, and not skip a song type of project. On the album documentary, Jay-Z recalls Kanye’s early days at Roc-A-Fella.

“We brought him in to track a record. And he’s standing on the table like, I have the best rhymes ever,” said Hov. Kanye has remained the same from day one under the mentorship of Jay-Z.


One of Kanye’s mentors, Chance The Rapper, recognized Watch The Throne on its 7th birthday. The three-time Grammy Award Winning artists shared his personal favorites from the collaborative piece. At the time The Throne’s release, Chano was just coming of age at 18. He would release his debut mixtape, 10 Day, thirteen days before his nineteenth birthday the following year.

For his top songs, he lists “Why I Love You,” “Gotta Have It,” and “The Joy” as his top three tracks from Watch The Throne. In addition, he gave “Murder to Excellence” an honorable mention.

“The Joy” was released as a G.O.O.D. Fridays track, prior to the release of  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. One can not argue with Chano’s choice. The album had multiple tracks to choose from. “Otis,” “Ni**as in Paris” and “No Church In the Wild” brought home a total of four Grammys for the duo. Although none of the Grammy Award-winning tracks are one Chano’s list, we understand why. They would be very typical. Chance’s tweets sparked today’s debate. What are your favorite tracks from The Throne’s sole album?