Watch The Throne: Crowning Triumph Or Royal Waste

August 12, 2011

NPR Staff

Jason DeCrow
In this Sept. 13, 2010, file photo, Kanye West, left, makes a guest appearance as Jay-Z performs at Yankee Stadium in New York. Scores of independent record store owners called out Jay-Z and Kanye West over release plans for their much-anticipated "Watch the Throne" collaboration on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Fans and critics are speaking volumes about Jay-Z and Kanye West's new album. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Frannie Kelley about why the album is such a big deal, and how some lyrics reflect themes of family, gender roles and race.

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