Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean Let Off July 4th Fireworks On "Made In America"

Some Independence Day vibes from The Throne.

BYAron A.
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Although the possibility of a Watch The Throne 2 seems unlikely these days, the joint project by Kanye West and Jay-Z still stands as one of the best collaborative projects in hip-hop. We've seen the two bring the best out of each other in the past but having a whole album between the two titans showcased what they were capable of when they were locked in completely as a unit. Seeing how it's 4th of July, and Kanye West and Jay-Z are generally appropriate for any holiday playlist, we're bringing back The Throne's "Made In America" for this week's TBT.

With the help of Frank Ocean, Jay-Z and Kanye West detail the struggles they've been through and managed to overcome while reflecting on being Black in America. Ocean holds down the hook before Kanye comes in on the first verse, recounting the steps that built his career. Jay-Z's verse speaks on hustling as a youngin in Bedstuy to becoming one of the most widely renowned musicians and businessmen of this generation.

Quotable Lyrics
The streets raised by, pardon my bad manners
I got my liberty, choppin' grams up
Street justice, I pray God understands us
I pledge allegiance to all the scamblers
This is the Star Spangled Banner

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.