Kanye West and Jay-Z: "H.A.M."

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The first release from Kanye and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne starts out big — twitchy synths giving way to spooky opera ululating — and then gets humungous, with a choir booming over what sounds like a dozen symphony orchestras. You expect God, or Gandalf, to come striding out of the mist. Instead, we get two stars out to prove they're "hard as a motherfucker": 'Ye tells life itself to suck his dick, while Jay shifts his cadence into light speed to call out his "half a billi" net worth. It's the chest-thumping cry of kings determined to prove that their thrones aren't easy chairs.    

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