Jay-Z and Kanye West have been referring to themselves in “God” like terms, and dropping greatly marketed, and dope, hip hop albums this year. With West recently dropping Yeezus and Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, it’s hard to believe that the two genius MCs almost fought it out over certain tracks between MCHG and Watch the Throne.
That’s according to Jay, who revealed to BBC Radio One host Zane Lowe that, during the making of Watch The Throne, he and ‘Ye battled over the fate of a pair of songs — “Oceans” and “Holy Grail” — that would ultimately end up on Hova’s new hip hop classic. Seems West thought they were too good to leave on the shelf and needed to be released immediately.
“We had this whole plan when me and Kanye did [the] Watch The Thronealbum that we would go right into our solos after that,” Jay-Z said. “Soon as I thought we had wrapped up Watch The Throne, I made two records … I had ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Oceans’. I played those records for Kanye. And he was like, ‘No, those have to go on Watch The Throne, so we spent four days arguing about those records,” he continued. “I was explaining to him why it wasn’t right for this project and I had a whole idea for making this album called Magna Carta … Holy Grail.”
Of course, as you’d probably expect, Kanye wasn’t about to give up without a fight. And over the course of those four days, things got a tad bit heated … though Jay was quick to point out that he and West never got physical.
“[It was] four days, four days literally arguing … not like fighting,” he said. “Well, there was some pushing at one point, but not between us. Just everyone else got a little excited.”
Of course, we all know who ended up winning that argument. Perhaps……that’s why Kanye was so angry on Yeezus …