New Day

Album: Watch The Throne (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Jay-Z and Kanye planning how they're going to raise their as-yet-hypothetical boys. Ye's verse features him pledging to never let his son make some of the mistakes that he did, such as denouncing an American president during a live telethon or moving his mother to Hollywood. Jay commented it is one of his Throne partner's best ever verses. "The honesty of it, it's just really cool," he said.
  • During a listening session held on July 7, 2011 at New York's Mercer Hotel, Jay-Z recalled to MTV News that Kanye first recited his verse to him at New York's Museum of Modern Art. "I told him I wasn't going to get on it," he said.
  • The RZA co-produced track weaves in a sample of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good."
  • The song took on a new meaning when Jay's wife Beyoncé revealed that she is pregnant with her first child a few weeks after the release of Watch The Throne. The announcement left fans pondering whether the father-to-be was dropping early clues in this song.

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