Countdown to T.L.O.P.: Day 6 – Watch the Throne/Cruel Summer

On this second to last day of the countdown leading to Kanye’s new album, Yeezy tweeted that his album would be titled T.L.O.P. – he hasn’t expanded on the abbreviation, and is offering tickets to his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show as well as a free pair of Yeezys. Would could T.L.O.P. possibly stand for? Anyway, on this day of the countdown, we take a look at Ye’s two collaboration albums, Watch the Throne with Jay-Z, and Cruel Summer which features artists from his label, G.O.O.D. Music.

Watch the Throne was released on August 8th, 2011. The overall production of the album expanded on MBDTF, with large orchestral symphonies, classic samples of music from the 60s and 70s, as well as political and socioeconomic themes. Many of the songs deal with the burdens of success, materialism and power as well. Originally supposed to be a 5-song EP, Kanye and Jay ended up making a full-length album, with features from Frank Ocean on two tracks, Beyonce on another, and Mr. Hudson on one too.

Cruel Summer released on September 12th, 2012. This album is much different than any of Kanye’s previous works, because it is a compilation album of songs made from musicians on Ye’s music label, GOOD Music. Artists include R.Kelly, Pusha-T, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, John Legend and so many more. Kanye initially revealed the album title at the Cannes Film Festival, where he showed a film entitled Cruel Summer. These two albums are so different from each other, but I could still easily to both all the way through any day of the week. Check out each of the albums in full below, as well as my top 5 for each. Come back tomorrow for the last day of the countdown, where we honor Yeezus.

Watch the Throne

5. Murder to Excellence

4. New Day

3. Gotta Have It

2. Otis

1. Niggas in Paris

Cruel Summer

5. Cold

4. New God Flow

3. The Morning

2. Clique

1. Mercy




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