Album Cover: Kanye West x Jay-Z – ‘Watch the Throne’

Watch the Throne

Kanye West and Jay-Z strike gold on the metallic cover of Watch the Throne designed by Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci. The long-awaited collaborative project from the hip-hop kings has been plagued by rumors, but the artwork was officially unveiled on WatchtheThrone.com on Sunday night along with a pre-order link.

Two versions will be available, a standard and a deluxe, but the release date is still unknown. Ryan Seacrest mentioned on his radio show that a new single, heavily rumored to be called “Lift Off” featuring Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, would arrive by July 11 with the album in August. While there are tracklistings floating around, nothing has been confirmed by Def Jam at this time.

What do you think of the cover art? Tell us below.



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71 Comments

  1. Yeah

    FLOP

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    49ers160 Reply:

    @Yeah, lol this guy

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    YUNG Reezy Reply:

    @Yeah, Seriously this guy is too much lol.

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    Chimmie Reply:

    @Yeah,
    Your a Flop… lol…interent clown.

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    Chimmie Reply:

    @Chimmie,
    I mean Internet clown! LOL…
    This idiot got me so twisted I’m not even spelling right! lol…

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Yeah, It’s Hov & Yeezy . They have NEVER had a flop .

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  2. @emari_king

    people going to say that its Illuminati type stuff
    follow me @emari_king

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    WatchTheThrone Reply:

    @@emari_king, in kanye’s words:
    he loved jesus when he was worse off, oh i see
    when they think a n**** is stupid rich, people just start coming up with stupid shit

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  3. Noringtone

    This is awsome.

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    ultrakid Reply:

    @Noringtone, yes it is..i hope that cover is like 3 dimensional , you know, -maybe thats not they right word for it lol, but you know when you can touch the art, like what blind people use to read? I hope its like that…

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    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @ultrakid, Embossed?

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    ultrakid Reply:

    @Whatcha_Sayin, yeah i think thats what it is, or designed in braile…

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  4. 49ers160

    could have done a better cover

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  5. jacques francois

    legendary….plus, the case is actual metal, not just computer imagery.

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    ultrakid Reply:

    @jacques francois, braile??

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    Chimmie Reply:

    @jacques francois,
    That’s why I like it.

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  6. JHP

    Lol @Yeah, calling it a flop. Kanye & Jay-Z could drop this album TODAY, and prolly do at least 400k by the end of the week.

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    Colley Reply:

    @JHP,
    FACT!

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  7. it's whatever

    Yuck. Tacky.

    Also, Bruno Mars? Even more yuck.

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    cool Reply:

    @it’s whatever, kudos

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  8. reece fernando

    can’t wait, even more excited. covers fire btw.

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  9. credits

    It looks like fake metal, like a plastic toy from the dollar store…That’s the type of feel i am getting with that material. They Could have done the same cover with a more metallic look and it would have looked waaaaayyyyy better.

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    :) Reply:

    @credits, well i’m sure it will look more metal like a the store!

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  10. Greenhilliboy

    This is a sick cover…Hope the actual album is good…maybe better than Hell:The Sequel.

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    saio Reply:

    @Greenhilliboy, hell no
    eminem is the best rapper alive
    ligthers & fast lane kill HAM

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    Sal Reply:

    @saio, i agree Hell:The Sequel was on fire !

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    ultrakid Reply:

    @saio, eminem maybe the best selling rapper alive, but jay is THE best rapper alive , y’all are about to find out soon enough….

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    fuk outta here lmao Reply:

    @ultrakid, jay is aight he only goes hard wen he feels like it using mixed iambic pentameter rhymes to make it sound cool by rappin it fast and wit a rare new york accent so yall eat it up since he fukin yall queen bey fuk outta here

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  11. Getready

    I really cannot wait!

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  12. Jules

    Death at people complaining about this album cover… NO ONE ELSE is doing ANYTHING like this… but I guess some of you can’t handle innovation…

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  13. southizback

    This exceeds expectations for whats going to be on that album, I know that much.

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  14. fizzle

    soooooo….this aint finna be no $20 album cuz of the cover is it? Wait, is this why Kanye went to europe a few weeks ago when Jay was there?

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  15. Zale

    I already pre-ordered, can’t wait..

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  16. Lisa

    People like Jay-Z and Kanye West know their craft and wouldn’t create an albumcover “just because”… But if I’m going to be honest, I don’t like it.

    I’m not worried, though. It’s just an albumcover, I’m interested in the new music!

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    xIndoo Reply:

    @Lisa, agree
    and atleast we’re getting a sign that Watch The Throne is still alive
    Can’t wait to hear the music.

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  17. Hip-Hop

    Cover is epic fail… Kanye is really full of himself. Thinks this is some kind of art… Hell no! Where is fuckin’ bear ?

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    WatchTheThrone Reply:

    @Hip-Hop, designed by givenchy buddy. not artistic enough for you?

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    :) Reply:

    @Hip-Hop, well it’s much more artistic than you’ll ever understand! lets see you design something like this!

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  18. temi

    wait who cares about the cover… All I care about is the material.. This album better be dope.

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  19. will

    this cooool

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  20. osdmfsioj

    I’m SCREAMING!@!!!

    OMGGGG this looks sooo cool!

    This album gonna change the game!

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  22. Hugh

    If you werent sure before, a metal cover will def make you buy the album. Im serious! This will own carter 4. Although Em has a feature on C4

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  23. meme

    this cover is effin off the hook. the best ive seen yet. I cant wait for the album. All of Ye’s album covers have been so artistic.

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  24. weezay

    i think after they drop the album ppl will stop saying Hip Hop is dead :D

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    uhuh Reply:

    @weezay, its bad either way hiphop is dead now but.. when watch the throne drops rappers will kill themselves so…

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  25. Jay

    This looks awesome!!!

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  26. kiki

    Like the cover.

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  27. saio

    i like kanye & hov but hope they not gonna work with bruno
    becouse kanye is to heavy for bruno
    jay-z & bruno sound good but kanye & bruno not gonna be good
    i think they need ne-yo and not bruno

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    LO Reply:

    @saio, Yeah I Know what your talking about. They say he’s on song Lift ft Bruno & Beyonce…Bruno voice isnt strong enough

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  28. mr

    Ne-yo?…….NO just NO

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  29. bknyhustle

    smh…another jay-z album while his roc nation artists are sitting at home doing nothing and another one is on the path of self career suicide putting out work out music. what a waste of talent.

    and im quite sure these songs are going to be filled with name drops of various French and Italian designers

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    DaDonRoMaN Reply:

    @bknyhustle, LMAOO Altho I Dissagree With What You Said This Post Was Actually Funny (On The Path Of Self Career Suicide).. But Uhm J.Cole Is Touring With Rihanna and Drake.. Who All Three Are Signed/Co-Signed By Jay.. And Beyonce Just Drop Her Album and Is Number 1 In Over 15 Countries

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  30. :)

    Finally something unique!

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  31. Destiny

    The cover screams Jay Z

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  32. jb

    It will go gold and the other as well Jay Z and Kanye W love cover…

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  33. Real Issh

    I’m trying to figure out which is thee best rapper .
    But Hov said “10 #1 albums in a row , who better than me ? Only thee beatles , nobody else ahead of me”
    This is about to be his 12th #1 album in a row . Damn .

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  34. Name Here

    Okay good this project wasnt forgotten

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  35. gagaqueen

    As a CREATIVE myself, (designer), Kanye:

    THAT IS F*A@!#@# AWESOME.

    You truly are THE most creative and influential hip hop artist of your time.

    Honestly, most people who say they don’t like it are just simpletons.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @gagaqueen, I take offense when you call me a simpleton for not liking this albumcover… Unlike you, I am not a designer, so I can only judge from what I see. Stop feeling superior to others, ’cause you think you’re opinion is better.

    I mean, you call yourself gagaqueen, so don’t call others simpletons.

    I’m just saying.

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  36. anna_molly

    The cover is awesome! Hopefully, the songs will be awesome too.

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  37. Guy

    Releas date is August 2nd

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  38. Bossboy

    Why does kanye always av 2 go 2 silly lenghths 2 shw he’s creative?….MBDTF was overproduced,….in d end,we couldnt even get a good message from d album….and Jay-z on d oda hand shld drop his god-complex and make better music…em has sold more records and aint as corky.punks

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  39. MANNNN

    just imagine if michael jackson & prince were to do collab album while they were in their prime, thats how bigg this record is going to be….

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  40. malikMJDope

    PURE GOLD DOPENESS S/O TO THE KINGS YE AND HOV! ND GIVENCHY CANT WAIT TO HEAR THE PROJECT!

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  41. fuk outta here lmao

    bet it will do good but watch DRAKE AND WAYNE SHIT GONE PISS ON DIS ALBUM fuk outta here they took the collaborative concept from them anyways

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    LA Reply:

    @fuk outta here lmao,The collaborative concept was out before wayne nd drake was even started rapping

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    huh Reply:

    @fuk outta here lmao, i remember back around the time kanye came out with ’808′s & heartbreak’ he said that him and jay were doing a collaboration album ,that was back in late 2008/ early 2009, so unless wayne and drake planned it back then, i doubt jay & ye stole that idea from them…

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  42. L.A

    @fuck outta here lmao
    The Collaborative Concept Has Been Out Longer Than Wayne and Drake Have Been Rapping

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