In May 2004, Kanye West shocked the listening public and radio programmers alike by praising Jesus in a hit hip-hop record. Released as a single in March of this year, his and Jay-Z‘s Watch the Throne album opener No Church in the Wild was equally provocative, highlighting the links between religious, political and erotic power in a manner that would make Michel Foucault proud. Just in case anyone missed the point amidst the cryptic lyrics, however, The Throne have enlisted French director Romain Gavras (of M.I.A.‘s Born Free infamy) to craft an official visual that’ll drive it home with the force of a Molotov cocktail exploding against a cathedral wall. Delivered over Yeezy and 88-Keys’ ominous production (complete with the ethereally intense hook vocals of Frank Ocean) The Throne‘s subversive bars receive a bracing, but natural complement in footage of rebel forces facing off against riot gear-clad police. The combo is sure to spark conversations in the Booth and beyond. And for the two or three people who still haven’t copped Watch the Throne, the 2011 set is available now wherever fine music is sold.
Written by richard on 05/30/12
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