By Rob Markman
Fans are about to go H.A.M. As speculation over the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration album Watch the Throne continues to grow, fans can start to put their money down as Def Jam has begun taking pre-orders Monday (July 4). As far as a release date, the ship date on customer receipts is listed as 2011-08-02.
Fans who log onto Jay-Z’s Life and Times lifetsyle site can see the Watch the Throne cover on full display on the homepage. The cover is divided into 30 panels and folks who click on any one of the panels will be taken to a page where they can pre-order the CD. Once they click to pre-order fans are re-directed to the Island Def Jam page where they can enter their credit card information.
The deluxe CD is being sold for $16.99, while the standard CD goes for $13.99. The album is also available in MP3 versions; with the deluxe copy going for $14.99 and the standard digital album priced at $11.99. Shipping costs and taxes are not included.
The album’s cover is metallic gold, with what looks to be embossed graphics. Neither Hov or West’s name appear on the cover, the project's title is also absent.
On Wednesday (June 29), Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music signee CyHi the Prynce confirmed on “RapFix Live” that they album was done, but he could not confirm a release date. "They are ready to go. Right now, all the music and everything is done," CyHi told Sway. "But you know my guy — we over here with [Kanye], so 'Ye is gonna add his last little pizzazz, and it's going to be ready for you guys soon."
Will you pre-order Watch the Throne? What do you think of the cover? Let us know in the comments.