Jay-Z has laughed off rumors and reports that tensions have risen between he and his Watch The Throne partner and collaborator Kanye West, in a recent impromptu interview at New York's Hot 97.
With Watch the Throne landing in stores on August 8th, Jay-Z gave a stop-in spot interview to Hot 97's Angie Martinez, denying reports today that he and West were feuding over a tour budget.
“Kanye is a genius. I kind of want to spend a gazillion dollars,” he said, referring to reports that 'Ye was being financially reckless in planning their joint The Throne tour. “I think they got it backwards, but it’s all good. I made it. I know that we doing something right now. When I woke up to all of that, I was like, oh yeah, we must be really hot right now. This is really happening. August 8th.”
While the planning beef is dismissed as nonsense, Hova did cop to some tension in the studio, admitting they snap on each other and get into screaming matches from time to time. It's all for the art, though, according to the man who once ran Def Jam.
“Yes, we get on each other’s nerves. But that’s part of pushing each other," Jay explained. "We push each other. The people that have a problem with Kanye or myself are people who are complacent in life. People don’t like to be pushed. It’s annoying. It’s a thing when people are pushing you to be greater, and we push each other to be greater. So of course there are times when we’re in the studio and we’re yelling, but that’s about it. I would never disrespect that man. I have so much respect for him.”
As far as bringing the two most high-profile Hip-Hop living legends together on tape, Jay admits that he felt some pressure to deliver a classic on Watch the Throne – at first.
“I guess a bit after we started it, but I don’t look at it like that. When you make music, you’re against history, you’re against what’s current and you’re against past work. But as far as pressure of what it’s going to sound like, you try not to really let that affect you,” he said. “You have to have a bit of arrogance to say that this is going to be good.”
Check out HipHipDX's coverage of last night's Watch The Throne listening party in New York City's Hayden Planetarium.