Analyzing “Otis”: Kanye and Jay’s Best Lines From Latest ‘Watch the Throne’ Track
WHAT THEY SAID: (VERSE 1)
Hov: “I invented swag/Poppin bottles putting supermodels in the cab”
Kanye: “I adopted these niggas, Phillip Drummond ‘em/Now I’m bout to make them tuck they whole summer in”
Lead Stunt Man → Jay-Z
Why: Hip-hop put the word “Swag” on overkill this past year. Thanks to young bucks like Lil B and Odd Future, this adjective has taken on new life. But in reality, Hov has been referring to his swagger since the Blueprint era. He made it hot, they made it into a hot catchphrase.
WHAT THEY SAID: (VERSE 2)
Hov: “Flee in the G450 I might surface/Political refugee, asylum can be purchased
Kanye: “I made “Jesus Walks” I’m never going to hell/ Couture level flow, it’s never going on sale”
Lead Stunt Man → Kanye West
Why: Ye once again proves being so wreckless and stuntastic can take you to the top. Even with God watching, he goes for it everytime.
WHAT THEY SAID: (VERSE 3)
Hov: “Driving Benzes, wit’ no benefits/Not bad huh? For some immigrants”
Kanye: “Can’t you see the private jets flyin’ over you?/Maybach bumper sticker read “What would Hova do?”
Lead Stunt Man → Tie
Why: Without thinking twice, Kanye puts himself on a pedestal that most rappers can only dream about but with Hov’s frckin’ name being the kicker in his verse, Shawn Carter is just as much to credit for this perfect line.
*BONUS! “OTIS” DECODED*
Jay-Z: “Truth: new watch alert, Hublot’s Or the big face Rollie I got two of those”
You think Rolex and Jacob are the only watches worth wearing? Get on Hov’s level, he’s been rocking this celebrated Swiss watch companies timepieces since before you could even pronounce Hublot.
Kanye West: “I adopted these niggas, Phillip Drummond ‘em/Now I’m bout to make them tuck they whole summer in.”
Phillip Drummond isn’t some high-end fashion designer you’ve never heard of. All you 90s-babies need to take a TV history lesson and tune into an episode of Different Strokes.
Rappers have been advised to “tuck their chains” since the beginning. But Kanye advises to hide everything the competition is doing for the summer. Yikes!
Jay-Z : “Uh, live from the Mercer/Run up on Yeezy the wrong way, I might murk ya”
Hov and Ye recorded a large portion of the album at the Mercer hotel in New York City. The duo set up make shift studios on an entire floor of the hotel.