Beyond Jay And Kanye's Throne: Ten More Regal Seats In Hip-Hop
Kanye West and Jay-Z's grandiose Watch The Throne tour comes to the New York City area tomorrow, and sticks around through next weekthe pair perform at the Izod Center on Saturday and Sunday, and at Madison Square Garden on November 7 and 8. The shows, led by 'Ye and Jay, promise sharks, run-throughs of both artists' catalogs, and maybe some special guests, all of which will be treated appropriately royally.
Coming to an arena near you this weekend: Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Hip-hop throne watching has prior precedent, with many a rapper seemingly convinced that simply sitting on a throne-looking seat will anoint them to a level of rap royalty. Here are a few other hopeful heirs.
10. Silkk The Shocker
No visuals-based rap list would be coplete without a contribution from No Limit's stock of garish Pen & Pixel album covers! Enter Silkk The Shocker, who fancied the throne game up by appearing on the cover of 1999's Made Man while squatted on the sort of showy seating contraption you'd expect to find inside a mausoleum. The quasi-bowler hat adds a touch of class to the lounging.
Either there's some revelatory zodiac-themed message nestled deep in the imagery for Outkast's third album, or it's just another fine example of a really ropey rap illustration. Nevertheless, the cover for Aquemini shows Big Boi (Aquarius) in full pimp regalia sitting in a plush, red velvet cushioned throne while Andre (Gemini) looks on, seemingly more than a little perturbed. Throne-braggin' rights will do that to a man.
8. Biz Markie
If a man's home is his castle, then presumably the toilet is his de facto throne. As Biz Markie, who no doubt spent quite a bit of time pondering this paradox, explained on "Toilet Stool Rap," "Only in there I am the king of the throne."
7. 50 Cent, Snoop, And Some Pimps
Back in the early 2000s, pimps like Bishop Don "Magic" Juan sort of served as hip-hop sidekicks. (Someone messed up not pitching Pimps Do The Funniest Things to the TV networks.) Which is why 50 Cent called in Snoop and a gaggle of gaudily dressed pimps for the remixed version of his "P.I.M.P." video. While not strictly your traditional type of throne, the ridiculously dressed gentlemen did sit in some very fancy chairs. Church!
6. Queen Latifah
"All hail the Queen!" announced the first lady of the Flavor Unit back in 1989. But it took an advertising campaign for the allergy medication Zyrtec earlier this year for Latifah to fully assert her royal standing and pose for pics while sitting on a throne.