As promised, Kanye West and Jay-Z have teamed up to slaughter the game again .
On Tuesday (January 11), just a few minutes after midnight, the pair dropped their much-anticipated single “H.A.M.” on Facebook. Produced by Virginia native Lex Luger, the track is the first from ‘Ye and Jay’s forthcoming joint LP, Watch the Throne.
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“It was all good just a week ago/ N—as feel they selves and now watch the throne drop/ N—as kill they selves,” ‘Ye spits. “What n—as gon’ do, Hov?/ This a new crack on a new stove, I’m in two, though/ True dat, n—as telling me, ‘You back,’ like a n—a ever left up out this bitch, huh?/ And if life’s a bitch, then suck my d—, huh?/ And I bet she f—ed the whole clique, huh?/ By the way, n—a, you should f—ing quit, n—a/ Just forget it/ You talk it, I live it.”
As the beat swells into the chorus, featuring Lex’s trademark dark sounds, including an eerie chorus of “oh’s,” West spits, “I’m about to go ham, hard as a muthaf—a, let these n—as know who I am/ I’m about to go ham.”
Next, Jay takes the mic.
“F— y’all mad at me for?/ Y’all don’t even know what I been through/ I play chicken with a Mack Truck, y’all muthaf—as would’ve been moved,” Jay boasts. “I swam waters with great whites, y’all muthaf—as would’ve been chewed/ I hustle with vultures on the late night, y’all muthaf—as would’ve been food.”
Continuing his braggadocious lyrics, Hov pierces the ego of his haters by taunting that “n—as ain’t got my lady’s money,” referring to wife Beyoncé’s considerable net worth. And while Luger’s track touts a stabbing bass line, relentless drums and layers of strings, the cut does have a moment of relaxation, when the choir’s vocals shine through.
Recently, Luger spoke to MTV News about collaborating with West and Jay.
“I don’t know exactly when they recorded the record, but I sent the track a couple months ago when I met Kanye and Jay in New York for the ‘See Me Now’ record,” Luger said. “I’ve been working with everybody. A lot of people been saying that ‘Lex Luger only got that Waka sound,’ so I’m trying to take it somewhere else, because I do have another sound, and that’s where I want to take it for 2011.”
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