The "99 Problems" rapper and West teamed up for 2011 album "Watch the Throne," but fell into a dispute after Jay-Z refused to include two tracks on the collaborative project as he had them earmarked for his new offering. Jay-Z recorded the songs -- "Holy Grail" and "Oceans" -- and played them to West, who was adamant they should be featured on their joint album, and relations between the pair became tense after they struggled to reach a decision.
"We had this whole plan when me and Kanye did (the) 'Watch the Throne' album that we would go right into our solos after that," Jay-Z told Britain's BBC Radio 1. "Soon as I thought we had wrapped up 'Watch the Throne,' I made two records -- I had 'Holy Grail' and 'Oceans.' (There were) no lyrics on 'Holy Grail,' and I recorded 'Oceans,' and I played those records for Kanye. And 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 and I had a whole idea for making this album called 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' -- (part of) the name came after."
However, Jay-Z insists the argument never really turned nasty, describing it as "four days literally arguing ... not like fighting."
He adds, "Well, there was some pushing at one point, but not between us; just everyone else got a little excited."
"Magna Carta ... Holy Grail" is Jay-Z's 12th studio album and it landed him his first U.K. number one on Sunday. The interview with BBC Radio 1 show host Zane Lowe will be broadcast in four parts from Monday to Thursday.