Is Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne Aimed At Lil Wayne?
It’s the first thing that came to mind as soon as Jay-Z and Kanye West unveiled the name of their upcoming joint album, Watch The Throne. Don’t act like you didn’t think the same thing, either.
The album’s title comes across as a thinly veiled trigger to remind the Young Money/Cash Money massive that Jay and ‘Ye are indeed hip-hop’s kings. The art form’s competitive nature also lends itself easily to the theory; after all, Wayne has dubbed himself “the greatest rapper alive.” Over the years Jay and Weezy have had a friendly rivalry, which seemingly was squashed with the collaborative tracks “Mr. Carter” on Tha Carter 3 and “Hello Brooklyn 2.0″ on American Gangster.
The minute everything started looking kosher, Cash Money master Birdman a.k.a Baby and Jay ended up in an assumed war of words. The story goes that after Baby was vocal about Wayne being named number two (behind Jay) on MTV’s Hottest MC’s In The Game list, Jay hit back (coincidentally) on the first release from Watch The Throne‘s recording sessions. “H.A.M.” featured a verse from Hov sounding like it was aimed right at Baby’s claim to riches: “N*ggas fantasize about the shit that I do daily/Like these rappers rap about all the shit that I do really/I’m like really, half a billi, n*gga?/Really you got baby money/Keep it real with n*ggas, n*ggas ain’t got my lady money.” Birdman hit back via his Twitter account, sending out numerous sarcastic tweets referencing the phrase “baby money.”
When MTV’s Sway asked Weezy about Jay’s “H.A.M” lyric earlier this year, he gave an interesting response. “Me and my wit, given my wit, I would probably play off of it. But I wouldn’t make it a competition, because actually, the subject that he’s talking about in that line, I can’t box with the god. I’d be the first one to tell you that, given my wit, and the type of person that I am, I’d capitalize and I’d play off of it. Yeah, I definitely would.”
Even Drake has chimed in, humorously alluding to British radio host Tim Westwood that him and Wayne decided to do a joint album first. “[Wayne and I] still got to do that [collaboration] album. I heard two other guys are coming out with an album together, too,” he said, laughing. “There’s two other rappers [that] are coming out with an album together. I don’t know where they got that idea, but I caught wind of it through the grapevine that there’s some other album with two guys rapping on it.”
“H.A.M” is the only single from the Watch The Throne sessions that’s so far been released but according to Jay-Z, it may not end up on the finished album. “Lift Off” featuring Beyoncé will drop sometime today, according to internet chatter.