Producer Young Guru has provided fans an update on the forthcoming Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne album and why the project will live up to the hype.
While the album is projected to drop this spring, Guru said his focus is rushing Jay and Ye to apply the finishing touches.
“Right now, I’m really trying to get Jay and Kanye to hurry up and finish this Watch The Throne album because the world needs to hear it,” Guru said in an interview. “It just needs little tweaks and things like that. But the core of the album is finished…Kanye takes what [contributing producers do] and adds on to it and I think that’s his genius. I say this all the time ‘Kanye records are never the same twice, while he’s making them because they always grow.” (VIBE)
Last month, G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean spoke to SOHH about the LP.
“Man, I was in the studio with Jay and Ye about a week ago,” Sean told SOHH. “I heard some songs. It’s gonna be good man, it’s gonna be history. [Talib Kweli heard] ‘Black Excellence.’ To be honest, I think the most unexpected part is kind of out the way with ‘H.A.M.’ That was probably the most unexpected. That was probably the last kind of track I was expecting to hear from Jay and Ye but they definitely have some tricks up their sleeves. And they have some types of songs that you would think they might have. They really did a good job at covering all aspects, from the songs I’ve heard.” (SOHH)
A few weeks prior, Talib Kweli hinted at one of the featured tracks he got to hear.
“I heard one record, man, I don’t even know what it’s called,” Kweli added. “It’s about black history. And it’s like, Kanye and Jay are really on some black history sh*t. The beat is tough. You know, if you’re spending time hating on Kanye and Jay-Z — you’re missing out — and you could be smacking yourself in the future, like, ‘What was I thinking?'” (The Source)
Around mid-February, it was reported Ye and Jay took to a New York City hotel to record music for the album.
Kanye West and Jay-Z have been recording together in high styleat the Mercer Hotel this week. The artists have been working together on an album, “Watch the Throne,” to be released in the summer. A spy reports, “They took over at least one whole floor and moved in their equipment, which may have annoyed some of the guests.” Of working with West, Jay-Z recently said, “This is another level of recording . . . really, he’s like a brother to me — I’ve seen him from the beginning to where he is now . . . how he’s growing as a producer and as an artist, for me, on another level, it’s enjoyable.” Reps for the artists and for the hotel didn’t get back to us. (New York Post)
A confirmed album release date has not yet been announced.
Check out some recent Kanye West footage down below: