Earlier this week, one of the year’s most anticipated albums, the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne, dropped to much fanfare, a bevy of positive reviews and a big opening on the iTunes charts, where it hit No. 1 in 23 countries.
The album is a rarity these days in that it didn’t leak online before its official release. Now, the video for the set’s first single, “Otis,” is poised to do the same. With the exception of two images that made their way online just days after the song was released, little is known about the “Otis” video.
What we do know is that it is directed by Spike Jonze, the mastermind director behind the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” as well as the award-winning films “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”
We also know it will make its official debut tomorrow (Thursday, 8/11) at 8:56 PM on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.com and BET.
Immediately after the multi-channel premiere event, “Otis” will air on MTV Jams and MTV Hits, with an encore airing on MTV2 at 11 PM.
“Otis” premiered last month on DJ Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 radio show in New York. The song features a sample of Otis Redding’s 1966 classic “Try a Little Tenderness,” with Jay-Z and ‘Ye trading eight bar rhymes with no melodic refrains.