Rapper Kanye West has told fans that there will never be a follow up to his 2011 collaborative album ‘Watch The Throne’. The news, coupled with a number of other comments West has made in recent days, suggests a possible rift between West and fellow hip hop artist Jay Z.
West and Jay Z have had one of the most successful relationships in recent music history. West first made a name for himself as a producer for Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella records in the early 2000s. His first album ‘The College Dropout’ was released in 2004 on Roc-A-Fella, and he has since released a further seven records with the label.
Jay Z and West had made numerous guest appearances on each other records however, it wasn’t until 2011’s ‘Watch The Throne’ that the pair made a fully collaborative album together. ‘Watch The Throne’ became an instant success, and peaked at number one not only in the US, but a number of other countries around the world. The album was supported by the hit songs ‘No Church In The Wild’, ‘Otis’, ‘H.A.M’ and ‘Niggas In Paris’. It also garnered praise for its brilliant use of guest artists including Beyonce, Frank Ocean and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
West spoke about the chances of a follow up record at a recent show in Seattle, he also had some pretty harsh words that were seemingly aimed at Jay Z. West told the crowd: “Let me tell y’all something: there will never be a ‘Watch The Throne 2’.” “You know why? ‘Cos that’s the reason we weren’t on [the album version of ‘Pop Style’] because of Hov [Jay Z]. Because of this Tidal/Apple bullshit. And this shit be getting me tight every time I perform this motherfucker!”
He continued: “Don’t call me, after the robbery, and say ‘How you feelin?’ You wanna know how I’m feelin? Come by the house”