30. Kanye West & Jay-Z "No Church In The Wild" (2011)
Album: Watch The Throne
Producer: 88-Keys, Kanye West, Mike Dean
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Def Jam
“No Church In The Wild” was the lead-off track from Kanye & Jay-Z’s storied Watch The Throne album. It was regal. It was cinematic. And it was the perfect way to kick-off such an intensely anticipated project—setting the tone for the rest of WTT. Filled with religious overtones, “No Church...” featured the God MCs speaking to a congregation big enough to make any televangelist jealous.
The content was thought-provoking, with Frank Ocean wailing an almost spooky chorus: “Human beings in a mob/What’s a mob to a king?/What’s a king to a god?/What’s a god to a non-believer?/Who don’t believe in anything.” The lyrics deal with the “Great Chain of Being,” a hierarchical categorization of life with God sitting at the top, and Kings directly below them, lording above all other humans.
Were Jay and Ye supposed to be the Gods, the Kings or the non-believers? We can’t say for sure, but we can attest that Kanye’s line, “Sunglass and Advil, last night was mad real,” has become the most overused phrase for a hangover in the last 12 months.