On Aug. 8, 2011, Kanye West and Jay-Z released their garish, 16-song (assuming you get the deluxe edition) collaborative album Watch the Throne, capping off a prolific partnership that the rappers have enjoyed ever since Kanye produced “This Can’t Be Life” on Jay-Z’s 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc la Familia. Kanye quickly became known for sampling classic R&B and soul songs — like Bobby “Blue” Bland’s 1974 hit “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City,” over which he layered Jay-Z’s vocals to create the similarly titled “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)” on 2001’s The Blueprint. All in all, the rappers have worked together on more than 20 projects. Watch the Throne may be their most ambitious endeavor, but it probably won’t be their last.
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