And thus, as threatened, did Kanye West and Jay-Z debut the first track off their upcoming Watch the Throne just past the witching hour on 1-11-11. “H.A.M.” is gleefully insane: Kanye chatters about white girls, Jay plays chicken with a Mack truck, and producer Lex Luger devises a hilariously blaring chorus that feels like a much louder, angrier song attempting a hostile takeover. And then, at precisely 2:58, comes the electro-opera breakdown.
Outstanding. Stream “H.A.M.” at the official Watch the Throne Facebook hub, or grab the MP3 from Miss Info if it’s still around. DJs are advised to pair it with Big Boi’s “General Patton” immediately.