The two have since reconciled, with Timbaland producing the majority of Jay-Z’s Number One album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, but the long-term collaborators did not see eye to eye for the making of the rapper’s 2009 album.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 earlier this evening, Jay-Z said that Timbaland was unable to put his ego aside during the making of the LP, causing friction during the recording process. He commented: “The fall-out happened at the end of that album… A couple of songs was getting leaked and they were his songs, and it just ruined the whole process… Kanye, who was executive producer of ‘Blueprint 3’ was like, lets get Tim, let’s bring Tim in, and we were all inviting of him and he just wasn’t accepting of the process. It seemed like it was more about him than the actual album. When you go and make an album, you have to put all ego aside… he wasn’t accepting of that thing and that was almost the last straw type of thing, and we just went our separate ways.”
However, the pair reconciled in time for ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’. “After those concerts and he came back, I’d seen a new Timbaland, he had this maturity and this growth and I was like, ‘oh, ok, this is gonna work out’,” said Jay-Z.
During the interview, Jay-Z also revealed that he and Kanye West both planned to make their new solo albums after they’d wrapped up work on their collaborative 2011 ‘Watch The Throne’ project. Jay-Z said that he played Kanye West the songs ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Oceans’ leading to a four day argument between the two. “He was like, ‘No, those have to go on ‘Watch The Throne’! So we spent four days arguing about those records and I was explaining to him why it wasn’t right for this project… Not like fighting, well, there was pushing at some point but not between us – just everyone else got a little bit excited.”
Jay-Z will feature on Lowe’s show throughout the week, discussing fame tomorrow (July 16), business and politics on Wednesday and family on Thursday.
Jay-Z recently announced details of a UK and Ireland tour to take place in October this year. The rapper will play a string of European dates, calling in at Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham, he will then play three nights at London’s O2 Arena.
Jay-Z will play:
Manchester Arena (October 3)
Dublin O2 Arena (6)
Birmingham NIA Arena (8)
London O2 Arena (10, 11, 12)