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Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘Watch the Throne’ Out August 1st


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The most anticipated hip-hop album of the year, Kanye West and Jay-Z's collaborative LP Watch the Throne, is officially coming very soon. Yes, we've said this before, but according to USA Today, Watch the Throne will be digitally released on August 1st and the CD version hits stores four days later. That's only 13 days from now, less than two weeks! The new single "Lift Off," featuring Beyoncé, should be impacting radio even earlier than that. For more on Throne, check out our rundown of reports from the LP's listening party.

In addition to a cemented release date, we now also have the full slate of guests that will sit on the Throne: Kanye's favorite singer Bon Iver and La Roux's Ely Jackson appear on the previously leaked "That's My Bitch," Kid Cudi and Odd Future's Frank Ocean both contribute vocals to a few songs, brash dance duo LMFAO assist in the programming of "Lift Off," and of course Otis Redding is sampled on "Otis." Biggest surprise: Seal has apparently replaced the previously reported Bruno Mars on "Lift Off."

As for producers, the RZA, Swizz Beatz, Sak Pase, Mike Dean, Hit-Boy, Kanye himself and Q-Tip (who's responsible for last year's incredible "Chain Heavy") all have beats on the album. First single "H.A.M." has been relegated to deluxe edition status, along with the G.O.O.D. Friday track "The Joy" (the one that sampled Curtis Mayfield) and two more new cuts. Commence anticipation.

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