Yesterday marked a year since our ears were graced with the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration Watch The Throne. Tracks like “Otis,” “Paris,” “No Church In The Wild,” and “Made In America” are still on repeat, and the chart topping album is already being considered a classic. In 11-minutes, Robert Lopusk in the Watch The Throne Documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, featuring intimate moments and appearances from Beyonce and Russell Crowe.
The documentary video starts off with Jay-Z talking to an interviewer and saying that the duo will be traveling to Australia to finish off the album, with seven tracks already completed. Fast-forward to Sydney, where the first shots are of the Watch The Throne camp celebrating Jay’s birthday, where Kanye gifts Jay a vintage ring he purchased in Paris. They hug, and the documentary flashbacks to the moment where Yeezy was introduced as a part of the Roc-A-Fella team as seen in Kanye’s video for his song “Through The Wire.”
Even though in the past fans have criticized Ye for singing, in the documentary and on the album we can hear his best attempts to become a crooner. Flashback again to 2002 in Jersey City, NJ, where Kanye is producing in a little corner. Oh how the times have changed, and clearly Kanye is aware of this, as the documentary shows him Tweeting “Sitting here in the studio 2 hours out of London, It’s really setting in on me that I’m actually doing a rap album with JAY-Z.” Of course Jay is also aware of how far Kanye has come, as he mentions that he has “enjoyed” watching Kanye’s journey and basically serving as Yeezy’s mentor.
Throughout the video, Kanye and Jay are heard talking about their greatness, but they still seem to remain somewhat humble. Their process isn’t always perfect as they struggle with “tough words” and “tough meanings,” but at the end as kings they thrive and toast and cheer as we watch them on their throne.