October 4th, 2011 at 3:37 PM ^

Well, you're right that it's not on par with each of their respective classics but that's why those albums are classics.  I mean, NaS isn't ever gonna come close to Illmatic again but I still like him.  WTT is pretty solid all around and New Day is one of the better hip hip songs I've heard.


October 4th, 2011 at 5:39 PM ^

Reasonable doubt is a certifiable hip hop classic, but both of these dudes have sold out harder than Ice Cube.  I would puke if these lame rappers performed at halftime.  I am a Hip hop fan, (def early 90's stuff, rap now sucks), and I would never want any rappers performing at Michigan Stadium, we are Michigan for Christ sakes.

Watch the Throne was terrible, it should have been called Watch us Bone.


October 4th, 2011 at 7:58 PM ^

Michigan would be lucky to have artists of that calibur preform.  The Watch the Thrown album covers a wide spectrum lyrically from the godly to the party, from the braggadocios to the socially conscious . Listen to Murder to Excellence, Welcome to the Jungle,  New Day . How in the world are these two sell outs? Just because you make lots of money does not make you a sell out. They still put out quality music and Kanye has a history of doing things that would make him less marketable and are musically out of the norm for a rapper. Thats not what sellouts do, these guys set trends. 


October 4th, 2011 at 7:14 PM ^

After My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy it's a massive let down. Listening to Watch the Throne is like watching the Miami Heat play basketball after watching LeBron take an otherwise horrible team to the verge of a championship. You desperately want the most talented guy in the world to take over, but he defers to the guy who's like top 5, but a significant step down out of respect for his past accomplishments. And so the whole becomes less than the sum of the parts.

Watch the Throne isn't bad in the same way the Heat aren't bad- relative to the competition, but for what it should be it's almost nauseating.

James Burrill Angell

October 4th, 2011 at 3:51 PM ^

Relax. Even though I would love to see this (and, for that matter, would like to see Brandon allow some big act to play the Big House at some point in the future) there is no way the atheltic dept is going to shell out the dough for this.


Also, from a logistical standpoint. a guy I know who used to work for the Athl Dept until recently once told me that they had been approached before about having a concert in the stadium. One of the biggest (and apparently its a big one) issues is that the only way in or out of the field is the tunnel and the tunnel is very small and would be a logistical nightmare to get all the stage equipment through.


October 4th, 2011 at 2:55 PM ^

This would be absolutely off the charts for recruiting, but I don't see why Jay Z would be interested. (I'd guess Kanye, as a giant attention whore, could probably be gotten.)

Anyway I think this is one where you'd have to ignore the whining of the purists and pay attention to what this would do for the brand. I mean, I object to the corporate monetization of Michigan football in general, but if the effect could be to make us the bar none number 1 brand in the country...hell, let's do it.


October 4th, 2011 at 3:42 PM ^

I understand your objections, but this came to mind as a possible compromise if this does happen (which I don't think it will). What if the band and Jay Z/Kanye collaborated on something? I think the band would enjoy that and I think students would really enjoy that. I submit the following video as something I found cool that also relates:


October 4th, 2011 at 3:51 PM ^

First, I agree that this would be phenomenal for recruiting, which by itself would be enough for me to support this.  Second, shouldn't we care what the students want?  I can't stand the constant push-back against "new" traditions that appeal to younger fans (mascots, recorded music, etc) in the name of keeping every tradition imaginable for the sake of the older fans.

FWIW, I logged on and signed the petition.  Thankfully my username and password still work after all these years.




October 4th, 2011 at 3:00 PM ^

and it's the Michigan Marching Band.  Now if they want to play a Jay-Z/Kanye show, that would be ok.  But no rappers.  And no Pop Evil.