One Year Later: Did Watch The Throne Really Change The Game?
At the end of the day, Jay-Z and Kanye West delivered on a good album. In fact, Jay-Z and Kanye West delivered on a great album. Is it a classic album? Time will tell. Did it change the game? Marginally. We still have struggle rappers, they are just more motivated. Nobody tucked their whole summer in, as Kanye boastfully stated. In fact, Watch The Throne was bested by Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV and Drake's Take Care as the highest selling rap album of that year. Culturally however, it's impact can't be understated. Kanye West and Jay-Z, as successful as both of their careers have been, went out with the intention of putting the music, the culture and the art first above everything. That mission was accomplished.
Now how about that sequel?