Watch the Throne



Rap kingpins cut excellent but super-mature CD.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Song lyrics stress the importance of having mountains of money, engaging in lots of sex and substance use, and dominating the competition.

Positive role models

Lyrics celebrate substance use, violence, sex, and consumerism -- but the songs also encourage listeners to think about sensitive subjects like racism and religion.


Descriptions of violent scenes like "And I'm from the murder capital, where they murder for capital / Heard about at least three killings this afternoon."


Some allusions to sexual situations that occasionally also involve violence.


Lots of "f--k," "s--t," and the "N" word. Also "bitch" (including in a song title).


Tons of name- and label-dropping, including Louboutin, Maybach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, LeBron James, and much more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several references to drinking and drug use (cocaine, marijuana).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Watch the Throne is a very mature album that's not meant for tweens or younger teens. In addition to plenty of substance use, violence, sex, consumerism, and profanity, the album also discusses mature topics in depth, including racism and religious differences.

What's the story?

Two of the biggest names in rap -- Jay-Z and Kanye West -- join forces for the full-length album WATCH THE THRONE. Profanity, substance use, violence, sex, consumerism: You name it, this record has it. In addition, many of the song lyrics explore sensitive subjects like racism and religion.

Is it any good?


Watch the Throne demonstrates why Hova and Yeezy are at the top of the rap game. From the first haunting guitar chords of the album's kick-off tune, "No Church in the Wild," you can tell that this rap record is different. Both artists have commanding yet complementary rhyming styles, and the beats that back them up (especially on "That's My Bitch" and "Murder to Excellence") are exceptional.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the contrast between Jay-Z's professional bravado and his private life as a family man who's married to Beyonce. Are these mixed messages? Why or why not?

  • Does Jay-Z's continued adherence to the classic rap formula -- lots of swagger and talk of illicit behaviors -- prove that rappers must discuss these topics to be successful? Why or why not?

  • What would happen if Jay-Z wrote songs about his solid family life? Would fans still buy his music?

Music details

Artists:Jay-Z, Kanye West
Release date:August 15, 2011
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent Written byNikeswoosh99 November 30, 2012

Jay and Kanye kill it!

This is a great album that has two of the best rappers ever in it. They tell the story of their success and how they got there, but it is woven in with other things. I have found that my kids can find this music one way or another so I may as well enjoy it with them.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byrapadvocate April 23, 2012

There Is A Moral Underneath The Madness

There is actually a somewhat necessary message in this album, And the negative reviews exemplify why it needs to be heard. "Watch The Throne" is the story of two wildly successful black men (Jay-Z and Beyonce are the worlds richest couple; GWR) who feel as though they will never only be defined by their successes, but that their skin color will always have something to do with how the world sees them. "N----'s In Paris" is a fine example of that, using laid back, satirical voices to describe what they are thought of as. A good topic to bring up with responsible 13< year-olds.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byvictoliva February 2, 2012


this was .... just no im 14 and i was like really this is sad lol
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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