The two singles appeared on Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, now in stores.
According to NME, Jay-Z told BBC Radio 1?s Zane Lowe that both singles were originally recorded for his new album but Kanye West wanted them for Watch The Throne.
“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,” Jay-Z said. “Soon as I thought we had wrapped up Watch The Throne, I made two records. I had ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Oceans’.”
“[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’,” Jay-Z continues.
Jay-Z alluded that the four-day argument did not get physical between himself and Kanye West, but it did between other individuals involved in the projects.
“Four days, four days literally arguing, 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.”