Kanye West, Bon Iver, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj-Monster

Shortly after announcing himself and Jay-Z were working on a 5-track album called Watch the Throne, Kanye West took to his blog to let this massive collaboration loose. This is set to be on that album, although its not known whether it will be on his own LP.

Critically-acclaimed Bon Iver are definitely the most leftfield name on this line up, and they bring some nice, ominous vocals to open and close the song. I actually like Ross’ opening too, leading nicely into another strong Kanye verse. As with his three recent tracks, Kanye keeps the replayable raps coming, delivering some great lines throughout. Jay brings some surprisingly likeable rhymes too, coming on a much more aggressive tip than any of his recent material. Minaj isn’t lacking any aggressiveness on this one either, switching up her tones and flows for dramatic effect, quite entertaining listening as she plays a few different roles.

The key to this track is the simple hip-hop beat: nothing more than some driving percussion and a light, easygoing melody. One that the hip-hop heads and mainstream folk should be able to appreciate.

Kanye West-Monster ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj

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4 comments to Kanye West, Bon Iver, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj-Monster

  • Haven’t listened yet, but apparently Jay bites Rugged Man’s Uncommon Valor? ‘Rapin’ and pillage a village?’

    EDIT: Confirmed. Although I was impressed with Jay’s hunger on the joint.

  • Paying homage imo “I say a BIG line, I’m just bigging up my brother”

    Good verse though, blatantly a reply of sorts to Beanie Sigel.

  • SoopaMayne

    Someone needs to make an addition to the Beefs section with Jay-Z and Beanie! Cus I don’t have a clue what happened… Thought they would BFFs =(

  • Basically it’s all due to the fall out from the Rocafella breakup. Jay distanced himself from the old crew, whereas the likes of Beans expected to be signed to Jay’s new label. Obviously never happened, and with Jay-Z not wanting to be associated with the trouble Beanie’s been afflicted with, the distance has caused a very bitter Beanie Sigel.

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