Kanye West declared Jay-Z his unofficial big brother in 2007, and like real siblings, they’re prone to get into the occasional spat. Back in 2011 when the two hip-hop titans were recording Watch The Throne, they got into an argument about including eventual Magna Carta Holy Grail tracks “Holy Grail” and “Oceans” on the blockbuster 2011 collaboration. “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,” Jay told BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe. “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 how did Hova win out over Yeezus? “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 explained. “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.”
Thankfully they got it all sorted out and there’s no bad blood, because now Watch The Throne 2 is still in play.