Primetime (Jay-Z and Kanye West song)

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Song by Jay-Z and Kanye West
from the album Watch the Throne
Released 8 August 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:19
Producer(s) No I.D.

"Primetime" is a song by American hip hop recording artists Kanye West and Jay Z.


It was revealed by No I.D. that the beat was originally scheduled to be for a track on Common's album The Dreamer/The Believer, until the rapper passed and he gave it to Nas. He was going to take it until I.D. played the beat in a studio session with Kanye and Jay - in this session, the decision was made final about it being for a track from their album.[1]


Two different sections of "Action" by Orange Krush are sampled within "Primetime".[2]


Upon the release of the collaboration album Watch the Throne on August 8, 2011, the track was only available as a bonus track on the deluxe edition.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Rolling Stone described the song as being: 'about as subdued as you can get with a big boom-bap beat' and praised West's verse, when writing that it consists of: 'some particularly conflicted lyrics from Kanye about materialism'.[4] This praise was joined in with by The Guardian, since the site pointed to West's verse on "Primetime" when writing about the rapper's contributions in a review of the featuring album.[5]


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