Kanye West has quashed our hopes of ever hearing another Watch the Throne album.
At last night’s (October 19) Saint Pablo concert in Seattle, West said that ongoing tensions between streaming rivals Apple and Tidal are keeping him and Jay Z from collaborating on another album.
Evidently, West’s experience recording verses for Drake’s “Pop Style” left him cold. “Y’all didn’t get what y’all was supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bullshit,” he said.
West and Jay Z appeared on an early cut of Drake’s “Pop Style” as The Throne, but their bars were ultimately cut from the version that appeared on Views — likely due to contractual conflicts between Jay Z, who co-owns Tidal, and Drake, who released Views as an Apple Music exclusive.
The original Watch the Throne album, released in 2011, featured contributions from Frank Ocean and Beyoncé, who are now allied with Apple Music and Tidal, respectively. The particulars of the streaming landscape — or “the politics and the bullshit,” as Kanye calls them — would now likely prevent artists on rival platforms from putting out a joint album.
Even more depressingly, Kanye said that all these politics have driven him and Jay apart on a personal level. “Our kids ain’t never even played together,” he said.
It sounds like if we want another Throne album — or if we ever want North and Saint to have a playdate with Blue — some big corporate hatchets have to be buried first.