"I invented swag" boasts Jay-Z on ‘Otis’, the second track to be released from the highly-anticipated collaboration between himself and Kanye West; a rap supergroup dubbed as The Throne. With the modern rap scene currently populated by shock factor lyrics spat out by kids barely out of their teens, the two titans are back to show who is still best. This track heavily samples Otis Redding’s ‘Try a Little Tenderness’, showcasing both Jay-Z and Kanye’s love of sampling older music. Both artists, Hova and Yeezy as they are referred to in this track, swap verses, slowly building up to a climax where Kanye announces "We killin’ ‘em".
With razor-sharp lines and a strong chemistry between them, it’s clear that both artists are intending on taking back the limelight, and it seems no one is fit enough to stop them.
By Calum Stephen