Last week The-Dream revealed that the track he produced, “Holy Grail,” for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album was actually created during the time Watch The Throne was being put together. Now NME is reporting that Jay tells BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe that “Holy Grail” and the song “Oceans” were at the center of an argument between he and Kanye West over which album should host the two tracks.
“We had this whole plan when me and Kanye did [the] Watch The Throne album that we would go right into our solos after that,” says Jay. “Soon as I thought we had wrapped up Watch The Throne, I made two records. I had ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Oceans’.”
Jay-Z says he played the “Holy Grail” track, which did not have any lyrics yet, and “Oceans” for Kanye who suggested they put both songs on Watch The Throne.
“[Kanye] was like, ‘No those have to go on Watch The Throne, so we spent four days arguing about those records and 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’,” explains Jay.
Apparently the argument between Jay and Kanye never got out of hand, but the Roc Nation boss does say it got physical between some other people involved in the process.
“Four days, four days literally arguing, not like fighting. Well, there was some pushing at one point but not between us, just everyone else got a little excited,” recalls Jay.
This is not the first time a musical associate of Kanye has talked about how he is very passionate about the tracks he likes. G.O.O.D. Music emcee Pusha T spoke about having to steal the track “Who I Am” from Kanye who wanted the record for himself.
“I ran in the studio real quick and laid a verse to it. I was like, ‘Man nah, this is my record already. I already rapped to it. What are you talking about?’ We just went back and forth, and he ended up giving me the record,” Pusha told Danny Diaz of Power 98. Source