Jay-Z: Kanye West Wanted 'Magna Carta' Songs for 'Watch the Throne'

Rappers spent four days arguing over tracks

Jay-Z and Kanye West
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Jay-Z and Kanye West.
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Jay-Z says Kanye West wanted songs from his newest album Magna Carta Holy Grail for their 2011 collaboration Watch the Throne, telling BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe (as reported by NME) that the pair spent days arguing over the tracks. Jay-Z said the two had planned to jump right into their solo records – West released Yeezus about two weeks before Magna Carter Holy Grail – after finishing Watch the Throne.

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"Soon as I thought we had wrapped up Watch the Throne, I made two records – I had 'Holy Grail' and 'Oceans' . . . and I played those records for Kanye," Jay-Z said. " And he was like, 'No, those have to go on Watch the Throne.'"

They wrangled over the tracks for four days before hashing it out. "Not like fighting," Jay-Z said. "Well, there was some pushing at one point but not between us, just everyone else got a little excited."

Jay-Z released Magna Carta Holy Grail last week. The album features contributions from Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Frank Ocean.

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