Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Russell Crowe help unveil ‘Watch The Throne’ in New York

Busta Rhymes and Grizzly Bear also turn out for the first play of Jay-Z and Kanye West's LP

Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Gladiator star Russell Crowe were among the specially invited guests to the first public playback of Kanye West and Jay-Z‘s joint album ‘Watch The Throne’ on Monday (August 1) night.

The rappers, who have opted to be known collectively as The Throne, recorded the album across the world, with sessions taking place in Bath, New York, Los Angeles and at Russell Crowe‘s house in Australia.

The album was unveiled in New York‘s planetarium to a specially invited audience, with Kelly Rowland, Busta Rhymes and bizarrely indie outfit Grizzly Bear, as well as Jay-Z‘s wife Beyonce, among those who heard it before invited media.

The duo will release the album on August 8, with only current single ‘Otis’, which samples ‘Try A Little Tenderness’, made famous by legendary soul singer Otis Redding, available to hear publicly thus far.

The rappers were forced to put their autumn US tour back by a over a month yesterday (August 2), but have denied that this is due to a widely reported disagreement over how they will present ‘Watch The Throne’ live.

Jay-Z said yesterday of the reports:

Yes, we get on each other’s nerves, but that’s part of pushing each other. We push each other. So of course there are times when we’re in the studio, we’re yelling, but that’s about it. I would never disrespect that man. I have so much respect for him.