Last night (Wednesday 20th July) Jay Z made Otis, the first single from his collaborative album with Kanye West, available to stream at his website Life + Times .
Featuring vocals from the godfather of Soul, Otis Redding, the track almost seems to hail from West’s Gold Digger days with its old-school vibe. Unlike H.A.M., the earlier offering from the pair, which received a less-than-rapturous response, Otis will make you sit up and listen. “I guess I got my swagger back” Jay drawls in his first verse. Quite. Listen here for yourself: