Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘Watch the Throne’ July 4 Release Just a Rumor
At this point, Watch the Throne, the Kanye West-Jay-Z collaborative album, might as well be called Watch and Wait. Although The Source provided information about a July 4 release date for the album a month ago (and we reported on it), a source close to Jay-Z’s management team informed VH1 yesterday that this information is just a rumor and that Watch the Throne still has no official release date yet.
Compounded to this was another rumor that the album would come out as a digital-only release on Monday. Although this rumor, which appeared originally on AllHipHop.com, has, too, been shot down, it seemed logical at the time. Based on the recent leaks of West’s My Beautiful Twisted Fantasy and Beyoncé’s 4, putting an official digital release on the internet would beat any unfinished, unauthorized, or not genuine tracks appearing first.
Jay-Z and West, however, have been mum, and as a result, the press has turned to others associated with the rappers for finding more about the deal with Watch the Throne: what’s its state and when will it be released? Recently, CyHi the Prynce, an artist signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music and who appears on Throne, was asked about the long-delayed album in an interview. He responded: "Right now, all the music and everything is done. 'Ye is gonna add his last little pizzazz, and it's going to be ready for you guys soon. […]. You never know what they gonna do and how they gonna put it out. They might put it out yesterday."
Other artists are just as vague. Asked a similar question by Billboard, J.Cole, who’s close with Jay-Z and recently filled in for Cee Lo Green on Rihanna’s LOUD tour, mentioned: "I don't know a date, but I asked him how it was and he just had that look on his face like it was f*cking crazy."
Swizz Beatz, one of the producers behind Throne, gave a different type of response. Rather than another variation on “They’re not ready; I don’t know,” the producer stated that Jay-Z and Kanye are simply looking to get the album as close to perfection as possible: “I think the delay is perfection. Two people who perfect their craft to a sonic level of out of this world. People want the best and they want to give you the best, and sometimes, the best takes a little bit of time, just like Dre’s album.”
Is Watch the Throne becoming the Chinese Democracy of hip-hop? If the album keeps on getting put off and delayed (and delayed and delayed), it may become such a built-up-and-major-letdown release.
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