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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Kanye West + Jay-Z, "H.A.M." -- pros + cons

By Chris Richards

throneThere's good and bad with "H.A.M."

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.

"H.A.M." pros:

- 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.

"H.A.M." cons:

- The long instrumental finale feels forced -- like it was Kanye's idea, not Luger's.

- It didn't make Style's annual in/out list, but we did hear that "ham" was out for 2011. Aren't Kanye and Aziz Ansari friends?

By Chris Richards  | January 11, 2011; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Jay-Z, Kanye West  
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