Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Def Jam
The expectations were extremely high when Jay-Z and Kanye West announced they were dropping their collaborative album, Watch The Throne. And they delivered. Hov and 'Ye traded bars effortlessly on "Otis," unloading their super-swag over a perfect Otis Redding chop, and gave us the banger of 2011 with the Hit-Boy produced "Ni**as In Paris," a song so infectious that they started performing it literally a dozen times back-to-back during their tour gigs, with no complaints.
But Watch The Throne was more than just a couple of hit radio songs made by the two biggest rap stars on the planet. It was a new level of greatness, with production that pushed the envelope, and songwriting that tackled issues ranging from fatherhood to genocide. And with RZA, Pharrell, No I.D., Q-Tip, and Yeezy himself all playing their parts in the lab, it's hard to fail. Watch The Throne is nothing but king shit, from top to bottom. — Daniel Isenberg