New Day: Jay Z's Illest Power Moves

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Like scenes from a spy thriller, Jay Z and Kanye West recorded Watch the Throne in makeshift studios in hotel rooms across two continents. To share song files, instead of using the Internet, their engineer would transport a password protected external drive via a locked briefcase. And it worked. There were no significant leaks; and the digital version dropped via iTunes one week prior to the physical. The album debuted at No. 1, earned seven Grammy nods and was certified platinum in just over a month.

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