As it seems that Watch The Throne is on track for an August release after blazing the Web with the leak “Otis,” will other artists in the coming months have to do as the Windy City kid Kanye says when he spit the line “tuck your summer in” and take that as a possible warning that the dynamic duo of Jay-Z and Kanye West will run rap for the rest of the year?
|Jay and ‘Ye aren’t the only big names doing joint records as Gucci Mane and mentee Waka Flocka Flame announced their banding together under the name the Ferrari Boyz some time ago and set a date for an early August release. But would the southern spitters fare well under the pressure of competing with the Roc Boys?|
|Rejuvenated Florida MC Ace Hood is also set for an August release for his third studio LP Blood, Sweat & Tears following the success of the energetic Lex Luger-produced track “Hustle Hard.” Ace is making his rounds with the albums second single “Go N Get It,” and another, “Body To Body” featuring Chris Brown on the way. Does the DJ Khaled protégé have what it takes to stand out amongst the throng?|
|California’s rap prince The Game is set to drop his fourth studio set The R.E.D. Album on August 23 but with four singles from the album and several mixtapes ahead of his LP, is Game in contention with WTT or does he have an opportunity to prove to the masses the success of his five times platinum debut The Documentary can be duplicated?|
|Perhaps Watch The Throne’s largest nemesis and arguably the only act with the appeal and momentum to match would be Lil Wayne and his upcoming Tha Carter IV – one of the most anticipated albums of the year. After several halted dates and the like, Weezy has said he will not stall the August 29 release date setting the stage for a showdown between himself and the twin towers of Jigga and Yeezy.|
|Roc Nation signee J. Cole finally has a late September release date for his long awaited debut Cole World: The Sideline Story.Cole is currently out getting his weight up as a show opener for Rihanna’s “LOUD” tour but could he too potentially be crushed under the weight of the stampede that is Watch The Throne?|
|Drake may not have much to worry about as his new set Take Care drops in later down the line in October but the long legs of Watch The Throne could still impact the Canadian star’s visibility although Drizzy’s recent leaks – mainly the buzzing “Marvin’s Room” – have shown that Drizzy has quite the rabid fan base ready to support him in all he does.|
Watch The Throne and its impending August 1st release certainly has all eyes on the project as it looks to undoubtedly shake up the industry for the coming months. Jay-Z’s long career has been nothing but a smash since his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt as the god MC has been a respected and feared fixture in Hip-Hop for over a decade and a half. Similarly, Kanye West has become an unstoppable force himself since his 2004 The College Dropout album and going multi-platinum each time he’s dropped an album not to mention his massive following. Never before has Hov aligned himself with another fellow rapper, a concept he first introduced when he and friend the late great Notorious B.I.G. formed their own rap clique dubbed “The Commission” and threatened to take over the rap game shortly before B.I.’s untimely death.
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