March 24, 2017

Kanye West, Jay-Z drop “Otis” online (for now)

By Sean O’Connell Hip-hop fans have been chomping at the bit for a listen of the upcoming album from Jay-Z and Kanye West, which is scheduled to drop on Aug. 1.

Welcome to “Otis,” the first track off the superstar collaboration.

The track, which premiered on New York radio station Hot 97 FM courtesy of DJ Funk Master Flex, features heavy samples from the great Otis Redding before the rap icons blend in with his backing vocal.

We have the track here, for the time being, but listen soon as it is being pulled off of Web sites quick.

What do you think? Does it live up to expectations? Do you need to hear how it fits into the full album, “Watch the Throne?” Let us know.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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