On Tuesday (January 11), as rap fans held their breath, Kanye West and Jay-Z finally released their mystery “H.A.M.” track. The cut is the first single from their collaborative Watch The Throne LP and was produced by Virginia native Lex Luger.
“Kanye let me do me on the tracks made for him,” Luger told MTV News. “He told me just send him beats, whatever sound I feel he can bring something new to and send it.”
On the track, ’Ye spits “It was all good a week ago, n—as feel they selves and that 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/ 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 click 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— ya’ll mad at me for, ya’ll don’t even know what I been through/ I play chicken with a mack truck, ya’ll muthaf—as would’ve been moved,” Jay boasts. “I swam waters with great whites, ya’ll muthaf—as would’ve been chewed/ I hustle with vultures on the late night, ya’ll muthaf—as would’ve been fooled.”
“This is really a hard track, Kanye and Jay step out of the park with this but it has sort of a movie feel,” Luger, the man behind Waka Flocka’s “Hard In Da Paint” said. “It’s not regular eight bar loops with sounds muted. It changes the whole feel of the track for the hook, the verses are kind of mellowed out and chill. It’s different from what I usually do.”
The producer hinted earlier this week about the sound of “H.A.M.” calling it “aggressive and hard” because he was under quite a bit of stress when he was in the lab. However, he’s doesn’t “know the direction they had on the track.”
And while he hasn’t heard the final product, he’s confident in Kanye’s creativity.
“I’m pretty sure they did very good job like Waka and Ross did to ’B.M.F.’ and ’Hard in Da Paint,’ ” Luger said.
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