It’s been an amazing year for Kanye and Jay, with GOOD music’s Cruel Summer compilation album in stores now and Hov’s Barclays Center officially open for business we wanted to give you guys something special to commemorate the first (and possibly only) Watch The Throne Tour a year later. Hit the jump for a rundown of the show.
Going from: “Big brother got a show up in Madison Square And I’m like, yeah, yeah, we gon’ be there; But not only did I not get a chance to spit it, Carlene told me I could buy two tickets”, to going on tour around the world with big brother and grossing a grand total of roughly 84.5 million dollars.
When “H.A.M.” first released back in January of 2011, it created a mixture of uproar; ranging from the opera samples throughout the record, to the Riccardo Tisci artwork itself. One consistent murmur throughout the music fans was wondering what was in store for this rumored joint project.
It was the release of Otis in Mid July that really caught the listeners by storm, and could not be denied as a summer anthem. As everyone was gearing up for the release of the album weeks later, the rumors continued; What direction the album would sound like, what features (if any) would be showcased, and most importantly: Would there be a tour following?
Both Ye and Hov were coming off successful tours; Jay linking up with Eminem on their “Home to Home” shows, and Kanye teamin up with Rihanna, N.E.R.D. And Lupe Fiasco on the Iconic “Glow In The Dark Tour” (Although it’s noted that Kanye resigned from his co-headlining appearance with Lady Gaga on the ‘Fame Kills’ Tour).
One of the most popular rumors amongst the fans was the “protege’” opening acts: featuring Kanye’s under-study Big Sean and Jay-Z’s pupil J.Cole, which would have made sense because both were just coming off their debut albums. Obviously, that didn’t happen, and in most people’s eyes, was glad it didnt.
One Year ago today (10/28), the most anticipated hip-hop tour since The “Up In Smoke” tour, kicked off in Atlanta. The bar was definitely set high for these two: ranging from the set list, the stage set-up, and Ye’s obsesseion for laser-lights around the venues.With all the rumors and speculation out of the window, it was finally show time.
I had the privilege to attend what was amongst one of the most hype spots on the entire tour, December 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada . So many emotions were surrounding the MGM Grand Garden arena that night: Suspense, Fat Tuesday meter sticks in-between isles, and most importantly, anticipation.
9:30 rolls around. Lights dim, and the infamous interlude from the album comes on, and the Vegas crowd goes absolutely insane. The two are on opposite sides of the arena, and just that like that: The kilt wearing Yeezy screams, “IT WAS ALL GOOOOD JUST A WEEEK AGOOO!!!”
The set-list featured 35 tracks from both artists, 46 if you really want to count how many times “Niggas in Paris” was performed on some tour stops. Hits from every one of Kanye’s studio albums, and tracks from Hov’s 9 out of 11 studio albums were performed. One of the most underrated parts of the show was the transitions from track to track, but none topped that of going from “All of the lights- Big Pimpin” (below). Yeezy complaining about the light situation, and the crowd rockin an acapella to Pimp C’s verse was a historical moment.
All in all, those who were in attendance will never forget this experience, from the rising stages for the “Who Gon’ Stop Me, Heartless/Runaway” performances, to them sitting down and reminiscing on tracks such as “New Day, Hard Knock life”. Rumor has it that a Watch The Throne 2 is in the making. Personally, I hope this does not happen, for the fact that it’s prestigious perception will be lost, from a “once in a lifetime” standpoint. The throne will be in their possession, from a concert level, forever.