Exclusive: Kanye West & Jay-Z Call Another Rap Legend To "Watch The Throne"
Friday, Nov 5, 2010 4:35PM
With the buzz growing over Kanye West and Jay-Z's forthcoming Watch the Throne joint album, SOHH has learned that another hip-hop legend has been summoned to bless the LP.
Already boasting production from Pete Rock, DJ Premier has revealed his contribution to the album as well.
"H*ll yeah, I'm excited to be a part of anything and I love working with Jay," Premier told SOHH about getting aboard Watch the Throne. "I wish I was on Blueprint III, but I got on board really too late and he couldn't make it in time but I just saw Jay the other day and we kicked it." (SOHH)
Premier also discussed feeling pressured to deliver his one-two punch on the LP.
"It's fun to create something that you know they're going to spin on, I dig deep with every artist I work with," Preemo added. "Even if it's an underground artist like a Termanology or even CNN or a Canibus, but when you got a Jay and Kanye or Nas or B.I.G. or even the Drake records, I know how deep I gotta go. If I got to do a Lil Wayne record, I know how deep I've got to go. You judge it based on the overall package. And that's what I still do. So working with Ye and Jay will be easy and fun but difficult. You gotta come a whole different way with your approach and it's pressure but it's good pressure, it's a fun pressure. I love going that route." (SOHH)
Last month, West said the album would be completed in Europe.
Touching on his project with Big Brother Jay-Z, called Watch the Throne, West stated that the release will be a full album, not an EP, as was initially reported. "We had done five [songs] so far, and then a few of 'em, kind of, were out there, and I put them on my album. Sorry Jay," he said, laughing. "But we got some more, and we going to the south of France at the end of this month just to record new ideas." (XXL Mag)
A few weeks ago, veteran producer Pete Rock confirmed his participation on the project.
"That came as a surprise to me because Jay-Z and I had never worked together," Rock said in an interview. "I used to go to Jay-Z sessions to hang out, and once he asked me to help clear a Nas sample, but other than that ... When the engineer called and said, 'Pete, I got a surprise for you,' and I heard Jay rapping over my beat, I was like, 'Wow!' -- It was great to hear Jay over a Pete Rock beat. Wow. He says my name on the sh*t and everything." (Billboard)
Check out a recent Kanye West interview below: