'Watch The Throne': Jay-Z and Kanye West's 10 Best Collaborations

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March 19: Jay-Z and Kanye West take to the stage to close out SXSW.

Long before the phrase "Watch The Throne" was ever uttered,


Top 5 Tracks Featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West

5. "Hate"
Found On: Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" (2009)

"Hate" now exists as an electronic cousin to the "Watch The Throne" single "Otis": in less than three minutes, Jay and Kanye fire off verses that succinctly prove why they are superstars. The synth-driven "Blueprint 3" track features one of West's more intriguing beats in recent years and wisely lets Jay spit more venom, with lines like "Al Roker, I used to knock pounds off/It ain't nothing for me to knock nouns off" being fired off with no regard.

4. "Monster"
Found On: Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (2010)

West's "MBDTF" single includes a solid verse from Jay-Z that name-checks a bunch of different beasts ("Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong, Loch Ness!"), and showcases West as a man possessed, talking about mixing Grey Goose and Malibu and tactfully asking if the listener has ever had sex with a pharaoh. Yet both MCs would quickly admit that "Monster," which also features Rick Ross and Bon Iver, belongs to Nicki Minaj, who uses the final verse to announce her arrival as a hip-hop maelstrom.

3. "So Appalled"
Found On: Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (2010)

Another posse cut on West's "Twisted Fantasy," but this time, nobody outshines the Throne. West sounds absolutely disgusted with how much money he has ("Address me as your highness, high as United/Thirty thousand feet up and you are not invited," he sneers), while Hov dominates the track with "Dark Knight" references and shots at MC Hammer. Luxury never sounded so filthy.

2. "Never Let Me Down"
Found On: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" (2004)

The chemistry between Jay and Kanye was palpable the first time they traded a mic, on this soulful track off West's debut album "The College Dropout." From the get-go, their roles were clear: Hov could keep the listener bouncing by discussing how he "snatched the charts" and provided "the most hits you can fit inside a whole disc," while West's flow showcased more detail and emotion by discussing racism and poverty.

1. "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)"
Found On: Kanye West's "Late Registration" (2005)

West's "Diamonds" remix has everything you could ask for in a Jay-Kanye collaboration: rich, white-hot production, classic lines ("I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man!" raps Jay) and a sense of camaraderie between Kanye and his Big Brother. Six years after its release, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)" best captures why West's personalized rhymes and Jay-Z's assured boasting works so well together. If "Watch The Throne" sounds like this, we're in for a treat. - Jason Lipshutz