Jay-Z Taps Frank Ocean for Next Solo Album, Talks 'Watch the Throne'
Published Jul 08, 2011After an absence from the spotlight, Jay-Z recently broke his silence on Watch the Throne, his collaborative album with Kanye West, offering up the anticipated release's album art and pre-order. Now, Hova has revealed that aside from that album, he's already prepping his next solo effort.
Jay-Z spoke about the new project at a Watch the Throne listening party, which took place in NYC last night (July 7). According to various reports (such as this one on AllHipHop), Jay revealed that he was already two songs into recording the follow-up to 2009's The Blueprint 3. He also revealed one of the songs features Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean on the hook.
While he doesn't have a timeline set for releasing the album, Jay said he plans to use the wealth of inspiration from his Watch the Throne sessions to keep plugging away at the record. "I know exactly the tone and the whole feel of the album. It's different; it's not weird," he said.
In addition to the new album info, Jay-Z gave much insight into Watch the Throne, explaining that the entire album was recorded when he was in the same room as Kanye, rather than mailing each other verses. Pitchfork contributor Sean Fennessey tweeted that the album includes samples from Otis Redding, Luciano Pavarotti and dubstep producer Flux Pavilion.
As of yet, no official Watch the Throne release date has been announced, though many are expecting the album next month on August 2 via Island/Def Jam. A special Watch the Throne performance from SXSW will air on Vevo on July 12. Check out a brief clip of "H.A.M." taken from that special below.