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Jay-Z & Kanye West: 'Otis' First Listen!

Jay-Z & Kanye West: 'Otis' First Listen!

Check out Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s new song, “Otis“!

The track, off the rappers’ upcoming Watch the Throne LP, samples legendary singer and King of Soul Otis Redding‘s “Try A Little Tenderness.”

“I invented swag, poppin’ bottles, puttin’ supermodels in a cab. I guess I got my swagga back,” Jay-Z rhymes in the beginning, while Kanye later raps, “Luxury rap, the Hermes of verses, sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive.”

Watch the Throne is expected to drop the first week of August!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Otis”?

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis
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  • t

    this song is migraine-worthy. anyone could have mixed this thing.

  • Celebrities

    I loved the jacket man…!!!

  • respect-the-classics

    So basically they just loop Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness – a true classic that really shouldn’t be touched – and just rap over it. Inventive. Creative. Truly unique. NOT.

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  • amensister

    sorry this is plain awful and i love me some Kanye

  • http://RuthlessTweets Ruth L

    cut the rapping
    stop the pain
    let Otis sing
    the man is king
    he don’t need any of your
    remix, rehash or em bell ish ments,

  •!/RuthlessTweets Ruth L

    cut the rapping
    stop the pain
    otis is king
    he don’t need your thing

  • briana

    these two should retire

  • Carmen

    I really think its gonna be a banger I mean jay z and kanye west well its self explainitory:-)

  • big rob

    Man dat Shit is dope the real hiphop is back. sick of singing ass rappers I hope Drake and lil weasle have there pens and pads out. Take notes.

  • qgriff

    The record is incredible. The fact that you non-hiphop white folks don’t like it is proof that it’s fire! hahahaha!

  • ToNka


    I LOVe this song!!!1

  • anybody?anybody?

    I generally like Kanye’s music, but this wasn’t that good. What’s with the screams of pain towards the end??

  • Bee

    What would have made this song was tae out Jay Z and Kanye West and leave OTIS ALONE he is the man and thats one of the greatest songs

  • http://LusineAgadal Lusine

    I trudgeee….!!! This song is amazing!

  • http://blackplanet swaggadaggany

    the lyrics of course fire is always nice to hear real hiphop and great lyrics the production is so so the sample so so but I listen for killa lyrics thats what the bottom line is for hiphop well it used to be about the skills but not so much any more I have to say jay z has lyrics and kenye has lyrics thats why I have to rate them theres some other rappers out there thats big right now that can spit but not alot thats alot of garabage rap out there with good producer backing them and big record companys pushing them thats why hiphop is down bring back dudes that can rap and have a flow just oliek when I first heard biggie I WAS LIKE OMG DAM AND I HAD TO PLAY THE SONG BACK TO GET WHAT HE IS SAYING DUDES LIKE THAT BLEW YOUR MIND BECOUSE THERE LYRICS WAS FIRE isnt that what hiphop was about

  • pudge 37

    Pure fire, to the people talking about a basic loop, for real i havent heard anyone do it like this yet, remember this aint a base kick sample these are his vocals making that beat, and the lyrics fire

  • TZo

    I will say Jay and West flow is always good but I disagree with the production. The song did not seem to flow very well together. A chorus from Otis without rap would have been must better.

  • Insatiable_qt2003

    THIS SONG IS HOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would not have expected anything less of greatness from Jay and Kanye!!!! HIP HOP IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 1078misst

    this is fire!!! I miss real hip hop… everyone’s on wayne’s skinny jeans wearing butt… and crazy Nicki

  • bktlk718

    When I heard this /ugh/ automatic response… head nodding, neck poppin… …back rocking/ hand movement YUP FLASH BACK sht. Felt a pull back to the essence of HIP HOP. If you were not part of the era you would fail to comprehend.(Lord forgive em) I Love the song. They returned to the root. Two emcee’s flowing back and forth YES and over Otis ..Awesome
    This ain’t a R and B song people. This my sht.

  • suave

    I love all the 13 year old kids thinking lil bitch and dicki minaj is where the game started… google rap, hip-hop and eliminate all the turds today and pay homage to the ol’ heads. Respect

  • Love Me

    WOW!! I think that this album is going to be the best album in the last seven years. Kayne is the best producer and Jay z is the best rapper. and they actually sampled Otis Redding $$$$ one of the best singing voices ever. Im overwhelmed. This song put a smile on my face unlike the comical smile that I had earlier today watching Game perform 50′s lycris without 50 on the classic show of 106 & park. Thank you Jay and Ye you did your thing fella’s.

  • jide kanni

    Watch the throne >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Bad meets evil

  • realrap12

    this shits ill

  • mike b brooklyn

    fire fire fire fire!!!!!!! Lyrics and beat!!!!! Lets go!!!

  • Lily carter

    Tooo nice! The lyrics are tight.. Beat goes!!

  • Ogriobhta

    take an old song, looped at the right time, for over 28 seconds, re-time it, get Kanye West n Jay-Z to do their song over it, and help a charity at the end of it, the critics will even love it cos o the charity bit, but a maybach wow guys i thort you had taste… the song is good the car personally a wudda thort yude a chose a proper iconic motor the phantom roller wudda bin much cooler re styled. good song n all dat but shite car choice…

  • merkhood

    man this shit is toooooooo hard real talk

  • HovahislikeNoah

    Hova and weezy collabo is the beast… Leaving jealousy down the stairs and facing rapping moguls, less curtis
    Big ups men. His jewelry iso bright you can turn the lights out when jigga rocks the studio…..