H•A•M

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"H•A•M"
Single by Jay-Z and Kanye West
from the album Watch the Throne
Released January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Hip hop, hardcore hip hop, trap
Length 4:38
Label Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Def Jam
Writer(s) Shawn Carter, Kanye West, Lexus Lewis
Producer(s) Lex Luger, Kanye West (co.), Mike Dean (add.)
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Monster"
(2010)
"H•A•M"
(2011)
"Otis"
(2011)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Hurricane 2.0"
(2010)
"H•A•M"
(2011)
"All of the Lights"
(2011)

"H•A•M" is a song by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West. It was released as the first single from their collaborative studio album Watch the Throne on January 11, 2011. It was produced by Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis and Kanye West.[1] "H•A•M" has also served as the opening track to the duo's North American and European Watch the Throne Tour.

Reception[edit]

A 30 second sample of "H•A•M" containing Kanye West singing the orchestral chorus and Jay-Z singing the more electronic verse.

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Fellow rapper and producer, Swizz Beatz commented positively on the song, saying, "I think that those being both of my friends, and knowing that people can team up on such a high caliber level — as musicians, as rappers, as friends, as peers — I think it's super positive, and I think that if more of the industry did moves like this it would be a better place for everybody."[2] "H•A•M" has received mixed reviews from critics. The song received a three out of five star review from Rolling Stone.[3] Kevin O'Donnell of Spin praised the song by saying, "Kanye's latest, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, was the most epic album of 2010 — and the rapper's ambitions haven't eased up one bit here. The track morphs into the weirdest sounding opera ever, with a female singing window-shattering trills over a gospel piano progression and the song's hard-hitting beat."[4]

Remixes[edit]

Busta Rhymes made a remix to the song. Roscoe Dash also did a freestyle to it for the intro to his "Dash Effect" Mixtape.[5] Also freestyles have been made by Lupe Fiasco,[6] Lil' Kim,[7] Chingy, 40 Cal, Papoose, Emilio Rojas, Ace Hood, Lil Wyte (who renamed it "Porter House") and XV (who renamed the song "Heroes Amongst Men").[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

On January 19, 2011, "H•A•M" made its debut on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 23 and on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs at number 10, with digital sales of 125,000 units.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 78
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 56
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 47
Denmark (Tracklisten)[13] 35
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 40
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[15] 53
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 32
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[17] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 23
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[20] 24
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[21] 14

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[22] January 11, 2011 Digital download Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
Ukraine[23] January 12, 2011 Roc-A-Fella Records
Australia[24] January 17, 2011 Contemporary hit radio Def Jam Recordings, Universal Music
Alternative radio
United States[25] January 25, 2011 Urban contemporary radio Def Jam Recordings

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jay-Z & Kanye West. The letters H•A•M stand for Hard As a Motherfucker. – H.A.M.". Real Talk NY. 
  2. ^ Mawuse Ziegbe (Jan 12, 2011). "Swizz Beatz Says Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'H.A.M. Is 'Super Positive'". MTV. 
  3. ^ Jody Rosen (January 11, 2011). "Kanye West and Jay-Z". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin (January 11, 2011). "HEAR IT: Kanye and Jay-Z Leak First Collabo Song". Spin. 
  5. ^ "New Music - HAM Busta Rhymes Remix". Rap Radar. January 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Audio: Lupe Fiasco - H.A.M. Freestyle (On Westwood)". 
  7. ^ "New Music - Lil Kim HAM Remix". Rap Radar. January 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Langley, JT (Jan 27, 2011). "Listen Up: "H.A.M. (Heroes Amongst Men)" by XV". Ology. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  9. ^ Trust, Gary (January 19, 2011). "Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' Debuts Atop Hot 100". Billboard. 
  10. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 1091 (Week Commencing 24 January 2011)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kanye West & Jay-Z – H•A•M – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Kanye West. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Kanye West & Jay-Z – H•A•M". Tracklisten. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kanye West & Jay-Z – H•A•M" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  17. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (2011.01.16 – 2011.01.22)". Gaon Chart. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  19. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Kanye West. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  20. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Kanye West. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  21. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Kanye West. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  22. ^ "H•A•M – Single by Jay Z & Kanye West". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  23. ^ "H•A•M (Edited Version) – Single by Jay Z & Kanye West". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Kanye West & Jay-Z – H*A*M – Issue 819". The Music Network (Surry Hills) (819). January 17, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on January 25, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 

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