Leading up to its release, the players that were part of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail were pretty tight lipped about the details of the album. But since its release more and more info has been revealed about exactly how The Grail was constructed. Hit-Boy, who contributed the track “SomeWhereInAmerica,” recently kicked it with RevoltTV and divulged how he obtained his placement on Hov’s 12th studio album.
The HS87 head honcho said he was fist contacted by Jigga over a year ago about supplying beats for the project. “[Jay-Z] was like, ‘Man, I’m bout to start working, keep me in mind,’” he recalled. “So I text him back like, your Hov, you’re always in mind, bruh. You can get whatever beat you need.”
Yet, Hit-Boy said the track Jay ended up using made it to him indirectly. The beat was initially given to Grand Hustle artist and G.O.O.D. Music producer Travi$ Scott. “[Scott] asked me could if he use the beat for his album. He wanted to work on it,” he said. But there was a change of plans. “He told me he went in the studio with Hov and as soon as he opened his laptop, that beat started playing. Hov was like, ‘What is that? I need that.’ Travi$ hit me immediately and was like, ‘Yo, Hov is snapping on this joint.”
The rest, as they say, is history. Check out the entire interview, below.