Jay-Z and Kanye West take to the Throne

Hip-hop heavyweights rename themselves for hotly anticipated collaboration album. No jokes about toilet seats, please

Jay-Z and Kanye West have revealed the name of their forthcoming team-up. The hip-hop heavyweights are calling themselves the Throne and will release their highly anticipated collaboration album on 8 August.

Often rap duos don't take a name. Usually it's Kanye West featuring this, or Jay-Z featuring that. But on forthcoming LP Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and West have chosen a moniker that evokes toilets, black metal and Strokes knock-offs.

The Throne's debut album is due on 8 August through iTunes. The physical release will follow on 12 August – eight months after the album's first single, H.A.M., and almost 10 weeks after Watch the Throne was rumoured to hit shops. The Throne will try and make it up to fans with a tour of the US and Canada from 22 September to 3 November.

Watch the Throne is the result of recording sessions in London, Paris, Abu Dhabi and New York. The album features cameos from Beyoncé, Mr Hudson and Odd Future's Frank Ocean, and samples Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield. Watch the Throne's new single, Otis, which borrows from Redding's Try a Little Tenderness, is out now.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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