The 10-minute short film gives a unique yet not unfamiliar glimpse at the camaraderie and partnership between Jay-Z and Kanye West during the production of their forthcoming album “Watch The Throne.”
Preceding the highly-anticipated release of “Watch The Throne” on August 1 (with the physical CD dropping August 5), a mini-documentary has surfaced to give fans an idea of the lavish, highly meticulous goings on behind the collaboration between two of hip-hop’s finest.
More than just a few clips of studio sessions, the documentary gives offers insight on the mentor/student relationship that Jay-Z and Kanye West share, including a clip of Kanye’s “official chaining” in which he became a certified member of the Roc-A-Fella family.
Kanye reminisces about attending Jay’s Hard Knock Life Tour as an audience member—years before contributions on “The Blueprint”—and unveils his birthday present to Mr. Carter: original artwork from the “Monster” single and a massive pinky ring from a Parisian vintage store. It’s apparent that behind Kanye’s painfully obnoxious ego he holds a deep appreciation and respect for his mentor, and Jay has nothing but admiration for his protege’s development as a producer and artist.
Aside from the sentimental moments the doc offers peeks inside the private Australian estate where the album was finished—Beyonce meanders around, demanding undivided attention. Husband Jay-Z’s meticulous calculation of his own words’ rhythm and timing seem to contradict an innate swagger that permeates his every move, revealing a careful preparation behind the verses we all strive to memorize.
Background samples heard throughout the documentary give an enticing preview of the album to come. A closing track with Beyonce’s vocals sounds to be the beginning of a great song, while “I Love You So” (I’m assuming, as Kanye refers to it as “Why I Love You”) can be heard behind Kanye’s opinions of the song.
Oh yeah, and Russell Crowe makes an appearance too.