Additional details on Kanye West and Jay-Z‘s upcoming Watch The Throne EP have been revealed including confirmation of both rap stars rhyming over a hip-hop veteran Pete Rock beat.
According to Rock, Young Hov also shouts him out on his produced track.
“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)
A few days ago, West revealed rock would be involved on the EP.
“We got new Pete Rock Joints on the Watch the Thrown album… Q Tip joints… We bout to spit on this Madlib beat,” West tweeted September 25.
“We don’t play by radio rules… We come together as a family and give the fans what they need… Good Fridays” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
In August, Yeezy announced the forthcoming EP’s title via Twitter.
“Me and jay bout to drop a 5 song album called “Watch the Throne”,” Ye wrote Friday (August 27) evening.
“‘MONSTER’ ….. Happy GOOD Friday!!! The second song off of me and Jay album!http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/.” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
In addition to West and Jay, Rock will also be involved with Nas’ upcoming Lost Tapes 2 album.
“LOOK OUT FOR NEW NAS AND PETE ROCK COMING ON LOST TAPES 2!!,” he tweeted this week. “‘FINALLY’ AFTER 18 SUM ODD YEARS ITS NAS AND PETE ROCK AGAIN!! LETS GO!!” (Pete Rock’s Twitter)
A release date for Watch the Throne has not yet been announced.
Check out a recent Kanye West interview below: