Kanye West Wanted to Add N-Word to Every 'Watch The Throne' Track Title - DJBooth

Kanye Wanted to Add N-Word to Every 'Watch The Throne' Track Title

Who knew "It's provocative, it gets the people going!" could have actually been so much more provocative?
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The n-word is only used on one of the 12 track titles that make up Kanye West and JAY-Z's 2011 collaborative album Watch The Throne, but it was almost in every song title.

According to former Grantland and The Awl publisher David Cho, who was recently a guest on the A Waste of Time podcast with ItsTheReal, when Kanye and Jay were wrapping up the album, Kanye told Jay he wanted every title to include the n-word.

"Jay wanted to call ["Niggas in Paris"] 'Ball So Hard' and Kanye's like, 'No, we have to put the n-word in the title," said Cho, who was in the studio with Ye and Jay during the WTT sessions.

Cho admitted he wasn't sure if a compromise was reached between Jay and Ye that resulted in "N*ggas" only appearing in one song title, but was adamant that Kanye's initial plans were far different from the track list we all know.

"Kanye said, 'We're going to put the n-word in every single [song] title on this album to that everyone has to say it, to confront it'," Cho added.

Who knew "it's provocative, it gets the people going!" could have actually been so much more provocative?

You can listen to the complete A Waste of Time podcast with David Cho below. The full Kanye story begins at the 1-hour, 50-minute marker.

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