Singer-songwriter The-Dream has candidly spoke about his involvement on Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, revealing that one of the tracks “Holy Grail” was originally intended for Hov and Yeezy’s Watch The Throne LP. Now, in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Jay-Z reveals that another track that was the center of debate as to whether it makes the WTT or his new project was “Oceans,” featuring Frank Ocean. So much so, that he and Ye argued as to where each of the cuts should land on. Jay says:
“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,” says Jay. “Soon as I thought we had wrapped up Watch The Throne, I made two records. I had ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Oceans’.”
Jay-Z says he played the “Holy Grail” track, which did not have any lyrics yet, and “Oceans” for Kanye who suggested they put both songs on Watch The Throne.
“[Kanye] 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 and I had a whole idea for making this album called ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’,” explains Jay.
However, although it never got out of hand for the two stars, it did for people who were involved with the creative process. Hov proceeds:
“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,” recalls Jay.