Kanye West + Jay-Z, "H.A.M." -- pros + cons
2011 is brimming with big popland promises, including "Watch the Throne", a collaboration album that hip-hop royals Kanye West and Jay-Z claimed would see the light of day this week.
Instead, we've been presented with a mere single -- but an epic one at that. Take a listen. Here are three things we like about "H.A.M.", and two things we don't.
- 19-year-old wunderkind producer Lex Luger is at the controls with a beat that threatens to gobble up the superstars rapping over it.
- Jay's guest verse on "Monster" was probably the most embarrassing moment on Kanye's recent opus, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." Here, he's back in totally-not-embarrassing form.
- Somehow, Kanye keeps outdoing himself in the petulance department. His verse here suggests we've still only seen a sliver of his dark side.
- The long instrumental finale feels forced -- like it was Kanye's idea, not Luger's.
| January 11, 2011; 11:56 AM ET
Categories: News | Tags: Jay-Z, Kanye West
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