Jay-Z and Kanye West: A Bromance Timeline
"Sitting here in the studio 2 hours out of London, It's really setting in on me that I'm actually doing a rap album with JAY-Z [sic]" Kanye West tweeted last year (Oct. 29). Close to a year later, Kanye West and Jay-Z have wrapped up and put a bow on the rap album West couldn't believe they were making, "Watch the Throne" (August 8). One of fall's most anticipated collaborative albums isn't the first time The Throne have created magic, sharing bromance moments along the way.
In celebration of the release of "Watch the Throne," Billboard.com's The Juice has gathered the ten best bro-ments between Kanye West and Jay-Z, off and on wax, from the start of their careers to The Throne.
6. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone Remix" (Aug. 2005)
The Throne teams up for a message on Sierra Leone and to boast the duo's home, the Roc, "Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe/ The Roc is still alive everytime I rhyme." Jay and Hov display their camadarie by playing naturally off each other. "Kanye: "'What's up with you and Jay man, are y'all okay, man?" Jay-Z: "Yep! I got it from here 'Ye, DAMN!"
7."Big Brother," Kanye West (Sept. 2007)
In a tribute to Jay-Z, West gives the world an intimate look into their friendship. From envy to love, 'Ye equates their bond to a sibling relationship.
8. Kanye West Brings out Jay-Z for "Jockin' Jay-Z" (Aug. 2008)
During his set at Madison Square Garden, Ye' debuted a cut he produced, intended for Jay's "The Blueprint 3," with a surprise appearance by the track's subject.
9. "Run This Town," Jay-Z feat. Kanye West and Rihanna (Sept. 2009)
The collaboration on "The Blueprint 3," which West did some heavy producing on, embedded the idea of a collaborative album, a foresight of "Watch the Throne," with its success and West's obvious lyrical growth.
10. Kanye West and Jay-Z perform at SXSW (March 2010)
The Throne made their Austin, TX takeover official when West brought out Hov and other guests at SXSW last year. 'Ye and Hov teased with a taste of what's to come on 'Watch the Throne' tour.