Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘H.A.M.’: Rap Critics Weigh In

By Erika Ramirez

The moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived.

On Tuesday (January 11), after one week of suspense, Kanye West and Jay-Z released “H.A.M,” the first single from their forth-coming LP, Watch the Throne. The rap powerhouses collaborative album is rumored to hit shelves in March.

Critics shared their doubts and expectations for “H.A.M.” on RapFix after the Lex Luger-produced track’s cover art surfaced last Thursday. For the thoughts of the final product, RapFix turned to the mean streets of Twitter.

“People hatin’ on (or not loving) Jay’s ‘H.A.M.’ verse may not realize he’s touching on two of the key deaths of his life: his nephew & his uncle,” music journalist Touré said.

Noah Callahan-Bever, Editor-in-Chief of Complex magazine, silenced rumors of beef, saying “Jay ain’t dissing Baby or Wayne, calm down. You’re bugging if you think Wayne’s not going to be a guest on this LP.”

John Kennedy, Music Editor of VIBE magazine, needed more … Rick Ross, adding “How insane is it that Kanye West and Jay-Z debut the first single to their collab LP, and here I am craving a Rick Ross verse #welcometo2011.”

Kennedy wasn’t the only one in search of the Bawse.

“Expecting Ross to jump on this is 3, 2 … ,”Brad Wete, of Entertainment Weekly, said.

Writer, Hyun Kim simply didn’t approve, “I prefer the ham at the bodega over Kanye and Jay-Z’s.”

Whether people hated or loved “H.A.M.” there’s no doubt that the stakes are high for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne.

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