My problem, I guess, is what we were expecting (and what rap was needing, really) was a monster track, and we got...this. It's pretty good, Rihanna sings a good hook, Kanye adds in a solid guest verse, and...I don't know. Maybe it only fails under the weight of its expectations, but "Run This Town" doesn't feel like enough. There's really nothing particularly wrong with it, I just don't think the beat is big enough nor Jigga's verses strong enough to announce an album that's supposed to be as unstoppable as The Blueprint 3.
It doesn't help that Jay-Z is by far the least interesting part of it all. Rihanna's hook is the highlight, and Kanye out-raps the main attraction. Everything about this song is just...okay. "Run This Town" isn't allowed to be mediocre. Sadly, it is.
Jay-Z Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West (Download)