News: Jay-Z & Kanye West Go W/ 'Les' For "Watch The Throne"

Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West will polish up their forthcoming Watch the Throne album by recruiting R&B hitmaker Ryan Leslie.

Les revealed his involvement on the long-awaited joint project this week on BET's "106 & Park" music show.

The producer-singer-and-occasional-rapper Ryan Leslie stopped by BET's 106 & Park yesterday to drop off his latest clip for "Glory" and revealed to Terrence and Rocsi details on who he was working with in the studio. "That project is really coming together pretty awesomely," said R-Les. He mentioned being in the studio withKanye West and Jay-Z in England, Australia, New York City, and Paris. (Complex)

Last weekend, reports emerged online claiming West and Jay were investing studio time in a newly chosen New York City hotel.

Kanye West and Jay-Z have moved on from their studio at the Mercer Hotel to the Tribeca Grand Hotel to record their upcoming album, "Watch the Throne." The duo was laying down tracks Wednesday night until 7 a.m. Thursday in a studio that had been specially set up in the hotel. The artists went downstairs for a short break with Universal honcho Barry Weiss, Kid Cudi and staff from the label. "They were laying down tons of tracks," a witness said. "It was intense -- no Beyoncé and no booze." (New York Post)

Jay recently revealed his intent to get West more focused on completing the LP.

"Ye is just in an extraordinarily creative place--so much so I need to get him to focus so we can finish this," Jay says. "But music is his refugee right now." (Sky)

About a week ago, producer Bangladesh described his involvement on their album.

"I was requested to come out there and just give a little insight on the album, give them a beat or two and add and create with 'Ye, which was a big honor," he said. "I been a fan of 'Ye since the first song he ever dropped...It's never a guarantee until that time comes, but the track I left [Kanye] with, he was very satisfied with...He really expressed that he loved the beat and he's ready to buy it. That's a good sign, but you never know at the end of the day. I don't really talk about stuff until it's signed, sealed and delivered." (MTV)

A confirmed release date for the LP has yet to be announced.

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