Jay-Z and West recorded at various locations, including Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England.
Singer Frank Ocean appears on "No Church in the Wild" and "Made in America". Ocean was brought onto the project per the reception of his prior musical ventures.
Stylistically the record features production handled by West largely considered unconventional. It is an aesthetic quality shared with his previous solo album.
The album's lyrics contain braggadocious themes pertaining to opulence, fame, power and the burdens of success in addition to socio-political commentary on the financial struggles of African-Americans in America.
West (left) and Jay-Z (right) on the Watch the Throne Tour, 2011.
Singles from Watch the Throne were performed on the album's corresponding promotional tour.
In 2012, Kanye West and Jay-Z won Grammys for the single "Otis"; West became the rapper with the most Grammys in history following the win.

Redding's version was also sampled in the song "Otis", recorded by rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, from their album Watch the Throne.

- Try a Little Tenderness

"Otis" samples Otis Redding's 1966 song "Try a Little Tenderness", manipulating it into a rhythm track with Reddington's vocals and grunts.

- Watch the Throne

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