Rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z boast what appears to be a cordial friendship, but according to Jay-Z, there were two records that sparked a four-day long argument between the two emcees.
While speaking with BBC Radio 1 personality Zane Lowe, Jay-Z revealed that the Magna Carta Holy Grail records “Oceans” and “Holy Grail” were recorded around the same time he was working on Watch The Throne with Kanye.
Consequently, the Yeezus rapper petitioned for the placement of “Oceans” and “Holy Grail” on Watch The Throne instead of Jay-Z’s solo album.
“[There were] no lyrics on ‘Holy Grail’ and I recorded ‘Oceans’ and I played those records for Kanye,” Jay explained. “And he 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 [part of] the name came after.”
Jay-Z later clarified the nature of the argument, explaining that minus the occasional, excitement-fueled shove, it wasn’t physical.
“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,” said Jay-Z, according to Pitchfork.
Released on July 4, Magna Carta Holy Grail serves as Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album.