This weekend, Jay-Z went to BBC Radio 1 to talk with Zane Lowe. During the interview, Hov talked about the heyday of his career during the success of 2001's The Blueprint, as well as other Roc-A-Fella artists who became famous around the same time, including the release of Cam'Ron's mega-hit "Oh Boy" and Freeway.
He also goes into great detail speaking on Magna Carta Holy Grail's almost organic creation. It turns out that the location of Samsung's series of videos where Jigga is with Pharrell, Timberland, Rick Rubin, etc. was done at Jungle Studios, which is owned by Alicia Keys and Swiss Beatz.
Jay-Z also confesses that he had already cut "Holy Grail" and "Oceans" when he thought Watch The Throne was finished. However, Kanye was dying to have the two songs on the record, but after 4 days of arguing, they compromised with "No Church In The Wild" and "Made In America," each featuring Frank Ocean and Dream - both of whom were present on the original two songs.
The subject of Timberland's comeback is also brought up, starting with "Picasso Baby," which brought Timberland back to the forefront. His separation from Jay-Z was ignited after a few songs off of The Blueprint 3 had leaked, which Timberland had been on, "ruining the process." It was Kanye's idea to bring Tim into Watch The Throne, although, Timberland had declined.
When rekindling his relationship with Jay-Z in the studio for MCHG, Jay-Z states that Timberland "had this maturity and this growth," making Jay-Z certain that "this was going to work out."
Hov then explains how the song "BBC" came to be off of MCHG. It's a rather spontaneous, and almost music-magic story: the night of Pharrell's 10th anniversary dinner of BBC, Jay-Z was present. Afterwards, they left to go back to the studio, joined by Justin Timberlake (who had been finishing the second half of his record next door,) Swiss Beatz, Timberland, and Nas. During the assembly of these all-star artists, Jay-Z said, "If we don't make a record tonight, shame on us!"
"It wasn't planned to happen, we didn't plan on it happening," but that same night they recorded the song, all of which Jay-Z said was "fun" and felt "like a party" - themes one can clearly hear in the song. That night also sounded like it summed up the ending of Jay-Z and Nas' long feud from years prior.
This is only Part 1 of the full interview, so stay tuned on Zumic for the second half - enjoy!