According to the rap superstar, the title refers to protecting “the music and the culture of hip-hop” and making sure it doesn’t get overshadowed by ‘dance’ and ‘indie’. Jay-Z has said:
Watch the Throne, you protect it. You just watch how popular music shift[s], and just how hip-hop basically replaced rock and roll as the youth music. The same thing can happen to hip-hop. It can be replaced by other forms of music.
So we [are] making sure that we put the effort into making the best product so we can contend with all this other music, with all the dance music that’s dominating the charts right now and indie music that’s dominating the festivals.
He also said that the new album wasn’t about bowing to current trends, reports Hip Hop DX. Jay-Z explained there’s “No super over-the-top, big singing chorus or anything” calling it the “return of the boom-bap”, referring to KRS-One’s 1993 album.