Kanye, Jay-Z Single ‘H.A.M.’ To Drop Tuesday

Song is first offering from upcoming joint album, Watch the Throne.

It seems that in the midst of partying in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve, [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] got a bit ahead of himself.

‘Ye announced that his joint album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, would be coming in one week, leaving plenty of folks puzzled as to how a high-powered collaboration could arrive with so little marketing.

But on Thursday night, West set the record straight: “1.11.11,” he tweeted in a message that was accompanied by a promotional picture for his and Hov’s single “H.A.M.”

The track is the first offering — scheduled for Tuesday, January 11 — from the pair’s highly touted project, which originated as an EP but quickly expanded into a full album of material from the two.

“H.A.M.” is rumored to include production by href="http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/01/06/lex-luger-kanye-west-jay-z-talks-working-on-watch-the-throne/">Lex Luger, the upstart beatsmith who was responsible for some of 2010′s biggest anthems, from Rick Ross’ “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” to Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in Da Paint.”

Although the artwork for the single doesn’t suggest it, there’s speculation that “H.A.M.” is an acronym for “Hatin’ Ass Muthaf—as.” The “H.A.M.” artwork (designed by Riccardo Tisci) features images of crowns mixed with barking dogs and a simple message: “Kanye. Jay-Z. Watch the Throne. Coming soon.”

As of press time, no date for Watch the Throne has been slated, but sources close to the project have informed MTV News of a tentative March release.