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

"It's provocative, it gets the people going!" could have meant something completely different.
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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.

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Cho admits he wasn't sure if Ye and Jay reached a compromise that resulted in the word only appearing in one song title ("N*ggas"), but was adamant Kanye's initial plans were far different from the tracklist 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.

"It's provocative, it gets the people going!" could have meant something completely different?

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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