*Kanye West and Jay-Z’s anticipated “Watch the Throne” album was made available for pre-order over the holiday weekend via West’s official site and the newly created www.watchthethrone.com.
The first collaborative album by the two rap stars is being offered in four different versions: a standard CD with 10 songs for $13.99 or the deluxe version for $16.99 with special packaging and four bonus tracks. Both are also available in MP3 form.
“Watch the Throne” has been in the works for the better part of a year and was recorded all over the world (Paris, London, Abu Dhabi, Australia, and New York City), according to the Hollywood Reporter. In December 2010, West described the effort in an Interview Magazine story as “very dark and sexy — like couture hip-hop.”
Production credits on the album name West, Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, No ID and Lex Luger and Beyonce is also listed as contributing guest vocals on a song called “Lift Off,” along with Bruno Mars. Other reported song titles include “Murder To Excellence,” “Illest Motherf—er Alive” and “Living So Italian.”
The album cover’s metallic gold artwork [see photo above] was designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.