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Primetime (Jay-Z and Kanye West song)

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"Primetime"
Song by Jay-Z and Kanye West
from the album Watch the Throne
Released8 August 2011
Recorded2011
GenreHip hop
Length3:19
Label
  • Roc-A-Fella
  • Roc Nation
  • Def Jam
Songwriter(s)
  • Kanye West
  • Shawn Carter
  • Ernest Wilson
  • Russell Simmons
  • Lawrence Smith
  • Maureen Reid
Producer(s)No I.D.

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"Primetime" is a song by American hip hop recording artists Kanye West and Jay Z.

Background[edit]

It was revealed by No I.D. that the beat was originally scheduled to be for a track on Common's album The Dreamer/The Believer, until the rapper passed and he gave it to Nas.[1] He was going to take it until I.D. played the beat in a studio session with Kanye and Jay - in this session, the decision was made final about it being for a track from their album.[1]

Composition[edit]

Two different sections of "Action" by Orange Krush are sampled within "Primetime".[2]

Release[edit]

Upon the release of the collaboration album Watch the Throne on August 8, 2011, the track was only available as a bonus track on the deluxe edition.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Rolling Stone described the song as being: 'about as subdued as you can get with a big boom-bap beat' and praised West's verse, when writing that it consists of: 'some particularly conflicted lyrics from Kanye about materialism'.[4] This praise was joined in with by The Guardian, since the site pointed to West's verse on "Primetime" when writing about the rapper's contributions in a review of the featuring album.[5]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "No I.D. Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records". Complex. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  2. "The 12 Best Beats Other Producers Made for Kanye West". Complex. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. "Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Deluxe Tracklisting Revealed". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  4. "Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne': A Track-by-Track Breakdown". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  5. "Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch the Throne - review". The Guardian. Retrieved August 10, 2018.

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