With the Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne collaborative album beginning to take form, 19-year-old producer Lex Luger has discussed being recruited by the rap heavyweights to contribute to the project.
According to Lex, West specifically appreciated his sound.
“In 2011, I don’t want to speak too much on it but Jay-Z and Kanye West working on an album and he’s really messing with me, so I got Kanye West,” Luger said in an interview. “I’ve been working with everybody, a lot of people been saying that ‘Lex Luger only got that Waka [Flocka Flame] sound’ so I’m trying to take it somewhere else because I do have another sound, and that’s where I want to take it for 2011…Jay-Z and Kanye West, that’s cool to me. I’m enjoying it. I ain’t gon’ say that I’ve really got the feel of this position but I like what I’m doing. As long as my family’s straight, that’s all I care about.” (Rap Fix)
Recent reports suggest the project is set to release in early March.
Despite Ye’s NYE claim that his joint project with Jigga, Watch The Throne, would drop sometime “this week” , sources close to Kanye and Def Jam have informed me that the album has a solid and official release date: March 1st, 2011. I was also told that the official first single, a track the public has yet to hear, is set to drop on January 11th, but could come as soon as Friday. Perhaps, that’s what Kanye meant when he said it was coming this week? (Fake Shore Drive)
Over the weekend, West announced the project would be ready for retail in less than seven days.
After his star-studded concert with Coldplay at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Jay-Z headed to the grand opening of Marquee nightclub where he held court with Kanye West. Yeezy and his big bro popped bottles of Ace of Spades champagne before announcing some exciting news. “Watch the Throne coming in one week,” said ‘Ye about his collaborative project with Jay. Bottles of the pricey bubbly were passed out before Kanye toasted the douchebags with an impromptu version of “Runaway,” while a jubilant Jay spit his verse from “Monster.” If that wasn’t enough, Rihanna joined the party by singing part of “What’s My Name?” (Rap-Up)
After producing Rick Ross‘ “B.M.F.” summer 2010 hit, Luger revealed his involvement on multiple rap stars’ projects.
“Spiff of SpiffTV reached out to me for the ‘Hard In The Paint’ instrumental because Ross wanted that,” Lex explained in an interview. “People were bumping ‘Hard In The Paint’ in a car and he was like, ‘What song is that?’ This is before ‘Hard In The Paint’ even blew up…He found me on MySpace and Twitter and hit me like, ‘I need some of this music.’ And I told him, ‘I got it, but I got other stuff that’s way better.’ I was sending Spiff 30 beats a day for seven days. I sent him a gang of beats and out of those beats was ‘B.M.F.’ and ‘MC Hammer’ — [Because of that beat] the biggest names in the game want to set up studio time. Everybody came out the woodwork. I just came back from Miami being in the studio with Ross. I got songs with Soulja Boy, Tity Boi, Diamond. Diddy reached out. Pusha T.” (Complex)
Check out some recent Kanye West footage down below: