Jay-Z had a four-day argument with Kanye West over this and another Magna Carta… Holy Grail
track whilst recording their joint album Watch The Throne
. "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 explained in an interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe. "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," he continued. 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... the Holy Grail [part of] the name came after."