AOTY 2021

Watch the Throne

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2011 Ratings: #257 / 997
Year End Rank: #12
User Score
2011 Ratings: #177
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork

They push each other and have fun doing it, and the result is a stadium-sized event-rap spectacle that still sounds like two insanely talented guys' idiosyncratic vision.

80
PopMatters

Watch the Throne succeeds in both and in giving us both sides of both artists—the braggadocio and the social consciousness—in nearly equal measure.

80
Drowned in Sound

To be disappointed with Watch the Throne is to be disappointed with the rap game in 2011.

77
Beats Per Minute

For all its shortcomings, Watch the Throne is still damn good.

70
AllMusic

The album contains piles of quotables and some of the fieriest pro-black content in decades.

60
Consequence of Sound

Watch the Throne turns out to be a success, even if it isn’t the landscape-altering LP the world had hoped for.

60
musicOMH

The album overall is wholly inconsistent, with weak raps and weak productions poking holes through the greatness that's present.

50
The Needle Drop
No matter which songs seem appealing on this album, there are bound to be some that pale in comparison since this album is a little scatterbrained when it comes to beat and lyrical quality.
KIDWITHGUNs
73
They don't rap like rappers, they rap like celebrities.
smallpeeble
80
why im always outdated bruuuuh altho this issa typical bop hahaha yeee yeee
Chode
59
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This one should be marginally shorter than the last couple of Kanye reviews. ‘Watch the Throne' feels more like a victory lap following ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' rather than a fully fleshed-out follow-up to that album. It sees Kanye West and Jay-Z teaming up. And, I mean, Kanye hot off his most ambitious and ... read more
pizzagrande
70
Not a fan of jay z, but anyone rapping over these beats will sound good. the large and extravagant production stands out, but unlike Kanye's typical music, the rapping feels like an afterthought and there's no progression to any of the songs. it's just two okay rappers having fun over amazing beats. also Otis is such an annoying track.
Case
75
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While this is definitely one of Kanye’s least essential albums, it’s still a solid album and has some great highlights on it.

Coming off of MBDTF, this album may have been a dip in quality, but it truly feels like a victory lap in album form. And while Watch The Throne may sound dated, and while there may be some really lackluster songs on here, for the most part this is a pretty solid album. The expensive sounding production is pretty ... read more
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Added on: July 20, 2011