Will JAY-Z and Kanye West ever give us a “Watch the Throne 2,” since they’ve been beefing for a while now?
Furthermore, will the Chicago producer ever look at Jay again through the recording booth glass while he’s crafting another beat for him?
According to TMZ, the two rappers are now trying to mend their differences, so, technically, all of those things could still happen.
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If you recall, West went on an epic rant about Jay during a “Saint Pablo Tour” stop last year and even brought his family into it.
But based on sources from the celebrity site, the “Life of Pablo” creator extended an olive branch to the Brooklyn rapper and wants to have a face-to-face conversation with him.
Some may find it hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since West and Jay made musical history together on “The Blueprint,” which helped usher in a popular style of production called “Chipmunk Soul.”
The name, borrowed from the animated series “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” was used to describe West’s method of sampling both well-known and obscure soul records, speeding up the vocals and giving them a new feel.
Although the GOOD Music leader didn’t invent the style, that particular method and other studio tricks he pulled turned him into a star, which would only shine brighter once he dropped his classic album “The College Dropout” three years later.
Then in 2011, West and JAY-Z connected on the musically ambitious “Watch the Throne,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. That’s also the first time the public heard of any tension between the two.
“Yes, we get on each other’s nerves, but that’s part of pushing each other,” said Jay during a 2011 interview with New York radio host Angie Martinez. “People don’t like to be pushed. … It’s a thing when people are pushing you to be greater, and we push ourselves to be greater. So, of course, there are times when we’re in the studio, we’re yelling, but that’s about it.”
Evidently, that wasn’t it, because Kanye took those behind-the-scenes arguments public when he insulted Jay on “The Saint Pablo Tour,” which the Roc Nation boss recently addressed in an interview.
So, the question remains: Will we hear more collaborations from arguably the greatest producer-rapper team of our day or is that it? It seems hard to call at this point, but hopefully, maturity and whatever bond they have — or had — will prevail.