The Joy (song)
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|Song by Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Curtis Mayfield|
|from the album Watch the Throne|
|Released||October 29, 2010|
Song producer Pete Rock revealed that he'd had the beat since 1997 and thanked the rappers for making usage of it.
Mayfield's feature on "The Joy" is composed of a sample from his 1971 track "The Makings of You (Live)". This doesn't mark the only time that a song from the featuring album has a sampled artist credited with a feature, since Otis Redding has a featuring credit on "Otis".
The track also samples the sound effect "Uh!" from 1967 song "Different Strokes" by Syl Johnson throughout the entirety of it.
In August 2011, Jay and Kanye were sued by Johnson for sampling his song, since he claimed they did it without his permission. A settlement was reached between them and Johnson in March 2012, allowing the sample to be kept.
"The Joy" was originally released on October 29, 2010 as part of West's GOOD Fridays series of songs, with Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and Kid Cudi all being listed as featured artists.
When the Jay and Kanye collaborative album Watch the Throne was released on August 8, 2011, the track was only made available on it as a bonus track on the deluxe edition and Mayfield was the only featured artist listed. Rock, Wilson and Cudi may not have been listed as featured artists, but they were included in the album's credits as having additional vocals on the song.
Consequence of Sound praised the production and Jay's rapping, writing that: 'Pete Rock drops a beat that, as Kanye says, "deserves Hennessy," Jay-Z uses a Reasonable Doubt flow'. "The Joy" received praise from Pitchfork, since the site wrote of it that: 'there's no one else that can do soul-sampling hip-hop like Jay and Kanye' and voiced the belief that it's 'a unique throwback'. 
When listing West's 25 best verses of all time, Complex positioned his appearance on the track at number 23.
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- "'Watch The Throne' Production Credits Revealed". Rap-Up. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
- "Check Out: Kanye West – "The Joy" (feat. Jay-Z, Pete Rock, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
- ""The Joy" [ft. Jay-Z, Pete Rock, Charlie Wilson, and Kid Cudi] by Kanye West Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
- "The 25 Best Kanye West Verses OF ALL TIME!!!". Complex. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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