Kiss the Ring: The Throne's Many Royalty-Inspired Lyrics


It ain’t safe in the city, Watch the Throne… Listen to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s catalog of music long enough and you’ll notice a plethora of regal-esque references. As brash as it seems to some, it’s almost fitting that the duo name their lion of an LP, Watch The Throne. Kings in their own right, the pair has been hinting at, if not blatantly promoting, their royalty status for years now. From Hova declaring his self as, “The king ni**a!,” on ’02’s “The Bounce” to Yeezy, better yet “His Majesty,” describing his swim parties as being pageantries on last year’s Beyoncé-assisted “See Me Now” it was only a matter of time that The Throne, as they are formally called, officially make their claim known. XXLMag.com takes a look at ’Ye and Hov’s many royal-inspired lyrics. Don’t step on our robe…—Ralph Bristout

“Now she's mad at me, cause Your Majesty/Just happened to be a pimp, what a tragedy.”— Jay-Z “Nigga What, Nigga Who,” Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)


“Just to lame rap niggas I'm the king/Motherfuck the ring mami kiss the chain.” — Jay-Z “Pop 4 Roc,” Vol. 3… Life & Times of S. Carter (1999)


“Run lights like I'm the king of New York, I'm lawless.” — Jay-Z “Parking Lot Pimpin,” The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)


“From blowin' Swisher Sweets outta candy drops/Like we underground kings, ridin' dirty.” — Jay-Z “All I Need,” The Blueprint (2001)


“So stop with that childish shit, nigga I'm grown/Please leave it alone, don't throw rocks at the throne.” — Jay-Z “Takeover,” The Blueprint (2001)


“You niggas gonna learn to respect the king/Don't be the next contestant on that Summer Jam screen.” — Jay-Z “Takeover,” The Blueprint (2001)


“Y'all don't see, clearly cause the reign ain't gone/"The Dynasty," no not Ming but Shawn's.” — Jay-Z “Hovi Baby,” The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002)


“Young Hov’ the King.” — Jay-Z “The Bounce,” The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002)


“Back in '96 we was livin' like kings dog/40 cals or better, totin' them things dog.” — Kanye West “My Way” Freshman Adjustment, Vol. 1 (2003)


“Got crowned king down in Africa.” — Jay-Z “Oh My God,” Kingdom Come (2006)


“Get the fuck out the throne you clone, the King's back!/Y'all got less than 2 months to get y'all thing together.” — Jay-Z “Show Me What You Got,” Kingdom Come (2006)


“Never imagine all the disasters that one good reign/Could bring, should blMW, the game.” — Jay-Z on Nas's “Black Republican,” Hip-Hop Is Dead (2006)


“Bow in the presence of greatness.” — Kanye West “Stronger,” Graduation (2007)


“This is chess know the difference 'tween the king and the pawn.” — Jay-Z “Blow The Whistle” Freestyle (2008)


“I'm the king of the world/So king of your city by default.” — Kanye West on Really Doe's “Plastic,” First Impressions (2008)


“It's gonna take a lot to be down with the king, king Down, down with the king/Now are you really ready for the big screen?” — Kanye West “Big Screen” Love, Life & Loyalty (2008)


“My reign is as far as your eyes can see.” — Kanye West “Amazing” 808’s & Heartbreak (2008)


“My reign Lulu's son shine/Been a star since I was back in one time.” — Jay-Z “A Star Is Born,” The Blueprint 3 (2009)


“I am the king and will not be headed/To the morgue no time soon, brethren.” — Kanye West on N.A.S.A.'s “Gifted,” The Spirit of Apollo (2009)


“Long live the king, yo.” — Jay-Z “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3 (2009)


“Martin Louie the King Jr, starting all that stunting is gonna ruin you.” — Kanye West “Maybach Music II,” Deeper Than Rap (2009)


“King like T.I but in the Chi, Larry.” — Kanye West “Hate,” The Blueprint 3 (2009)


“They call me King Hov, copy, big ballin’ is my hobby.” — Jay-Z on Usher's “Hot Tottie,” Versus (2010)


“So I can be like Slick Rick, and rule ya/Dr. Martin Louis the King, Junior” — Kanye West “Live Fast, Die Young,” Teflon Don (2010)


“The king of the urban make the shit sound rural.” — Kanye West “Lord, Lord, Lord” G.O.O.D. Fridays (2010)


“Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh?/I put the pussy in a sarcophagus.” — Kanye West “Monster” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)


“Watch the throne don’t step on our robe/Bad enough we let you step on our globe.” — Jay-Z “H.A.M.,” Watch the Throne (2011)


“It was all good just a week ago, niggas feel theyselves/And that Watch the Throne drop, Niggas kill theyselves.” — Kanye West “H.A.M.,” Watch the Throne (2011)


“Bow down, Brotha you suppose to pay homage.” — Jay-Z “H.A.M.,” Watch the Throne (2011)




“I paid for them titties get your own, it ain't safe in the city Watch the Throne” — Kanye West “That’s My Bitch,” Unreleased (2010)