After reading the reviews for the upcoming Jay-Z, Kanye West collaborative album Watch The Throne by a few industry and journalism big-wigs, one recurring item of note was praised on several occasions. Without really being able to give details, or even know the title, all we knew from the listening session was that the track sampled the great Otis Redding, and that Jay-Z and little brother Kanye West had apparently cooked up something that would take the taste of burnt H.A.M. out of our mouths.
A short time later, and about two weeks before the scheduled release of Watch The Throne, the Otis-inspired “Otis” exploded onto the scene today, first premiering on Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex radio program, and soon thereafter on every site remotely related to hip hop.
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The two music juggernauts chop and flip “Try a Little Tenderness” as Jay-Z intros with a declaration: “Sounds so soulful, don’t you agree?”
Well. Yeah, we do. Kinda.
It certainly has a more gritty, East Coast thump vibe as opposed to the triple-time, stadium sound of the less-than-enthusiastically received H.A.M. Both men trade shortened verses in a back-and-forth fashion, and though the track works for the most part, the little-bit-extra James Brown-esqe screams and abrupt end to the song, almost make the track sound unfinished. Little odd.
Anyway, here it is (UPDATE: And first to go in on the beat, Papoose. Click here for his version). Let us know what you think in the comments, we’d like to know.[audio:otis.mp3]
Download/Listen: Jay-Z, Kanye West – Otis (from Watch the Throne)