While the public is still waiting for the follow-up to Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West, let’s take a look at all the albums made by two that have marked this decade!
Watch the Throne. While the joint album is often seen as a sign of a career in full decline, some American artists have nevertheless managed to make the concept innovative and authentic. Whether rappers or singers, the artists who follow have perfectly understood that unity is strength. You only have to see their performance in the charts to understand that this silly idea can also prove to be very lucrative. And if you were told a little earlier that Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are among the best paid artists of the decade, the addition of a common album to their respective discography is not unrelated. Are you ready ? Let’s go !
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
Recorded between 2010 and 2011 around the world (United States, France, United Kingdom, Australia), Watch the Throne still serves as a benchmark in terms of a common album. Unveiled in midsummer 2011, the album is carried by the singles tubesques “H • A • M”, “Otis”, “Lift Off“,”Niggas in paris” but also “Why i love you“,”Gotta Have It“and”No Church in the Wild “. Thanks to the posthumous presence of Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, Watch the Throne quickly got a place in the hearts of pure hip-hop enthusiasts. More so, the holdings of Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Beyoncé and Mr. Hudson have a lot to do with the million copies sold in the United States alone. Doubly nominated at the 2012 Grammy Awards, Watch the Throne can be listened to without moderation – provided you have a Tidal subscription!
Drake & Future – What a Time to Be Alive
For their collaborative mixtape, the Canadian Drake and the American Future did not do things by halves. Thanks to meticulous productions from Metro Boomin, it was a 40-minute disc that flooded the airwaves and the charts in 2015. Number one on the Billboard 200 with 375,000 copies sold in the first week, What a Time to Be Alive was carried by the hit “Jumpman” – 571 million streams on Spotify at the time of this writing. Validated by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Complex, the disc has sold more than a million copies in the United States. Enough to allow Drake to integrate the list of popstars that are a hit on Spotify!
Beyoncé & Jay-Z – Everything Is Love
Recorded in Nanterre, Los Angeles and London, Everything Is Love is the project that fans of the couple Beyonce/ Jay-Z have been waiting for years. Although quite short (there are only 9 tracks), the disc is a monument paying tribute to black American culture. From the first single, “Apeshit”, the tone was also given. In the clip, the Carters take center stage in the Louvre with one goal: to put the black body back at the center of classical or at least Western culture. Successful bet ! The Louvre recorded a considerable increase in attendance while Beyoncé and Jay-Z still “break the internet“for a whole weekend. In connection with their second joint tour, the On the Run Tour II, no one knows if the disc promoted this one or vice versa. In the meantime, Everything Is Love was crowned best contemporary music album at the last Grammy Awards!
Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Kids See Ghosts
Completely focused on the fights of its two main interpreters against depression and various mental disorders, Kids See Ghosts is precisely the kind of record that hardly attracts the general public but unanimously delights critics. An essential part of Kanye West’s big comeback to production in the summer of 2018, Kids See Ghosts features remarkable appearances by Pusha T, Yasiin Bey and Ty Dolla Sign. Number 2 of the Billboard 200 when it was released, this 7-track album only rehabilitated Kanye West and Kid Cudi in the eyes of the public. As a reminder, the extraordinary cover is signed Takashi Murakami!
Future & Juice WRLD Present … Wrld on Drugs
Unveiled just after Mac Miller’s death, Wrld on Drugs came out timely. By taking a broad interest in the drifts and drifts of the American hip-hop world, the disc has for a time highlighted the place of addictions in it. Whether it is a question of hard drugs, money, alcohol, sex or other, the two rappers let go on these 16 tracks unfortunately quite uneven. And despite the presence of Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Gunna, Yung Bans and Young Scooter, Wrld on Drugs debuted in second place on the Billboard 200, blocked by the musical’s soundtrack A Star Is Born last year !
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett— Cheek to Cheek
After the semi-failure ofArtpop, Lady Gaga wanted to return to her jazz and New York roots by teaming up with the living legend of the genre Tony Bennett. Aware of the popstar’s innate talent, Ton Bennett had previously recorded a new version of his hit with Lady Gaga “The Lady Is a Tramp“which had proven to be extremely conclusive. The public and the critics rushed on this disc in 2014, allowing it to start its exploitation at the head of the Billboard 200 with no less than 131,000 copies sold. On the sidelines of a tour of 36 dates, Cheek to Cheek received congratulations from Rolling Stone, The Guardian and Billboard. All that goes before winning the 2015 Grammy Awards for the best traditional pop album!