"All I’m saying’s fuck ya dream, look prick, I’m seeing God’s vision/Free.life or death, holy ghost in every breath/Requires for evils, masterpieces on my mind’s easel/Only Plan B close to mind is for my weasel/Yeah, I might have slipped a time or two on rendezvous/Dazed by the temptresses, on instances/ Ambitions of the grandeur, getting twisted at The Standard/Raised wretched and poor, so please pardon my candor/Fuck what’s extraneous, bitch I’m tryna live/Mentally eating competition, where the hell’s my bib/You really gotta sacrifice before the game gives/Cause what they wanna offer more akin to Jena 6/And Jagg’s not the 7, nightmares of the 8 section, never to return/So to switch up my picture, I just play the Ken Burns/Y’all rehearsing, I’m just hearse’n shit/Watch what you flirting with, these beauties hold the Serpent’s Gift/Inconsequential aura, Bermuda my moves/I’m caught in the royal, double paying my dues/Affinities for lime lit amenities/Fuck this box man, I’m aiming for the Kenndy’s/Rothschild’s, DuPont’s, Anheuser’s, Genevieve’s/These niggas think they slick, I see they frienemies/Fuck kings, I mainly respect legends/The flow’s more akin to black tar, hash resin—Prime Time." @MIKEJAGGERR (LIKE this, here.)
S.Dot: MLK on the big screen while hip-hop plays, what’s fucking with that? The King’s dream epitomized. These are my two favorite songs on the LP and I thought it was brilliant that they stripped down the performance for “New Day.” Two MCs just sitting down, kicking the ballistics.
J-Rod: Before they started “New Day,” Kanye, to me, looked teary and then he told the crowd: “This is my favorite verse I wrote my whole career. This is real shit.” Hov, for his part, played a good wing man (he’s underrated as a hype man, by the way, he just doesn’t play that part often). He smiled when ‘Ye spit the strip club bit and put his hand over his heart during the “and I’ll never let his mom move to L.A.” line. “This is my favorite joint on the album,” Kanye said after his 16. “I’ma close my eyes and zone out like I’m in the car. Even though I’m with 15,000 people in Atlanta.”
This piece is in lieu of Decoded’s paperback re-issue, but the essay—penned by the indefatigable Robert Christgau—is just as much about Watch The Throne and Jay-Z’s ability/career/impact, et al. There’s been some good ruminations on the leader of the R-O-C lately, including Toure’s take on Hov’s “No Church In The Wild” verse. Some of my favorite #WTT reviews: JC’s, Hua Hsu’s and, if you haven’t already, peep mine.