Yes, they play "N****s in Paris" three times. Yes, they rap on top of giant, moving risers with LCD side panels. And yes, Kanye wears a leather skirt. But Kanye West and Jay-Z's joint concert is not an act ready made for tweets and text messages.
I was riding on a wave of pride -- in the rappers' boldness and the content of their message -- when I came to a disappointing halt in my enjoyment of the track. What started out as valiant social commentary has declined into a drab, somewhat sulky exaltation of "the new black elite."
A number of interesting concepts conveyed within Watch the Throne's lyrics sit well within the mosaic of conversations that African Americans carry out in various settings of debate throughout Black America.