Mon 15 Jul 2013
After giving his first interview in two years to Hot97 last week, Jay-Z took the trip across the pond to catch up with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe. In part one of their hour-long conversation, Hov recalled a four-day argument he had with with Kanye over “Oceans” and “Holy Grail,” falling out (and reconciling) with Timbaland and recording “BBC” on-the-fly after the Billionaire Boys Club 10th Anniversary party.
Soon as I thought we had wrapped up ‘Watch the Throne,’ I had two records, I had “Holy Grail” and I had “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, and I was explaining to him why it wasn’t right for this project. I had this whole idea of making this album called ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ — the name came later. Literally arguing for four days — not like fighting. Well, there was some pushing at one point, but not between us.
Listen to part one of the interview and read more quotes after the jump…
On fallout (and reconciliation) with Timbaland:
The fallout happened at the end of ['The Blueprint 3']. It really happened the way the album happened; a couple songs were getting leaked and that was his song, and it just ruined the whole process. Kanye, who was the executive producer of ‘Blueprint 3,’ was like, “Yo, let’s get Tim!” We were all inviting to him and he just wasn’t accepting of the process. It seemed like it was more about him than the actual album.
After those concerts and he came back, I’d seen the new Timbaland; he had this maturity and this growth that I was like, “Okay, this is gonna work out.”
Earlier today, Jay announced the dates for the first-leg of his Magna Carta… Holy Grail European Tour. MCHG also topped the UK Albums Chart, earning Hov his first No. 1 album across the pond.
Jay-Z European Tour Dates:
October 3 — Manchester (Arena)
October 6 — Dublin, Ireland (O2 Arena)
October 8 — Birmingham (NIA Arena)
October 10 — London (O2 Arena)
October 11 — London (O2 Arena)
October 12 — London (O2 Arena)
October 17 — Paris, France (Bercy)
October 18 — Paris, France (Bercy)
October 20 — Zurich, Switzerland (Hallenstadion)
October 21 — Antwerp, Belgium (Sportpaleis)
October 23 — Oslo, Norway (Spektrum)
October 25 — Stockholm, Sweden (Globe)
October 27 — Hamburg, Germany (O2 World)
October 28 — Cologne, Germany (Lanxess Arena)
October 29 — Amsterdam, Netherlands (Ziggo Dome)
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