Jay-Z, Kanye West Dedicate 'Watch the Throne' Track to Slain College Student
"Murder to Excellence" is "to the memory of Danroy Henry," says Jay-Z of the student shot by police in New York last year.
Jay-Z and Kanye West dedicated a track off their new album, Watch the Throne, to a slain college student.
"Murder to Excellence" starts off with Jay-Z saying, "This is to the memory of Danroy Henry. Too much enemy fire to catch a friendly."
Henry, a student at Pace University in New York who went by the nickname DJ, was shot by police in October during a disturbance outside a bar.
Police claim Henry had a blood alcohol level that was above the legal limit when he hit two officers in his car.
Henry's family denies that claim.
A grand jury later cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing.
Jay-Z and West's highly anticipated Watch the Throne collaboration was released at midnight on iTunes in standard and deluxe forms and quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes album sales charts.
The project took Apple's digital music store crown in the U.S. and 22 other countries including Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, the U.K. and multiple European territories.
Watch the Throne has received generally positive reviews thus far: All Hip Hop’s JP DelaCuesta and Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur wrote, “Most people tend to love or loathe Mr. West and Mr. Carter with very few gradients of gray. Watch the Throne is the most ambitious effort the pair have joined forces on and the world awaits to hear it. The dynamic duo do not disappoint.”
Billboard’s The Juice described the sound as “filthy rhymes over sumptuous soundscapes” in a track-by-track review.
The album hits stores Aug. 12, a move that was criticized by independent retailers.
Beyonce, RZA and Q-Tip are among the contributors on the album.
The duo's 17-date tour kicks off Oct. 29 in Atlanta.