There were some great moments, but everything wasn’t all smiles and pounds behind the scenes during the making of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. If fact, according to Jigga, he and Kanye argued for nearly a week over two tracks that ultimately appeared on the album. The two songs are “Holy Grail” and “Oceans.” In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Jay explained there was a misunderstanding between he and Ye about whether the tracks should appear on their joint album, Watch The Throne. The misunderstanding led to some tense moments.
According to Hov, the two had a master plan to start working on their solo projects after WTT wrapped. So, after he thought they had concluded, he made two songs for himself, “Holy Grail” and “Oceans.” “[There were] no lyrics on “Holy Grail” and I recorded “Oceans” and I played those records for Kanye. And he was like, ‘No those have to go on Watch The Throne,’” Jay recalled. “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 said, at the end, no blows were thrown and no friendships were severed, but described it as, “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.”
Obviously, Jay got his way in the end. “Holy Grail” and “Oceans” appear as songs 1 and 5 on Magna Carta Holy Grail, respectively.
UPDATE: In a sit down interview with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, Jay-Z discuss the process behind Magna Carta Holy Grail and Roc-A-Fella’s glory days. Here is Part one of the video.