Week in Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West Dominate on Their 'Watch the Throne' Tour

Also: Brian Wilson, Florence and the Machine, Jakob Dylan, Mindy Kaling and more

November 4, 2011 1:45 PM ET
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Jay-Z and Kanye West perform on their 'Watch the Throne' tour at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post

Jay-Z and Kanye West got busy on the third stop of their Watch the Throne tour, in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rolling Stone was there. The dynamic duo took the stage like gladiators, but they were more like brothers than battlers – Jay-Z the elder, more restrained and abundantly talented, 'Ye the hyperactive younger, dead set on trying everything. 

We also revisited a classic bit of rock journalism about Brian Wilson's tortured effort to complete his ambitious Smile project, talked to Jakob Dylan about plans to reunite the Wallflowers and to Trey Anastasio about his first musical, hosted visits to the Rolling Stone studio from Moby and The Office's Mindy Kaling and previewed Roger Waters' plans to bring his massive stage production of The Wall back to U.S. arenas and stadiums in the new year. 

Photos: RS Live: Inside the Rolling Stone Studio

Rolling Stone also checked out Soundgarden and the Raconteurs at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, attended an L.A. radio benefit headlined by Tom Petty, analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, reviewed all the week's biggest releases.

Photos: Stars' First Time on the Cover

On the pop culture front, we kept you informed of the latest developments on The X Factor and spoke with puppet fanatic Jason Segel about his Muppets reboot, while Peter Travers reviewed Tower Heist, the new caper flick starring Ben Stiller and current Rolling Stone cover star Eddie Murphy.

Photos: Random Notes

We also posted the results of our last Weekend Rock Question: What is the best metal band ever? Our question for you this week is: What is the best dance song of all time? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.  

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

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Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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