Young Guru Details Kanye, Jay-Z LP, ‘Watch the Throne’
Vibe.com spoke with longtime Jay-Z engineer Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, who offered some new information about the album. The Delaware native revealed that the core of the LP is finished, with some tweaks needed to complete the project.
As for its producers, though the selection of songs has not been finalized, top-notch beatsmiths like Q-Tip, Pete Rock and No I.D. have all submitted tracks for consideration. According to Young Guru, Kanye, who will also craft beats for the disc, has been fiddling with the tracks that have been presented much like he did with those that made his ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ album.
“It’s a mixture of people … Kanye takes what they do and adds on to it and I think that’s his genius,” said the DJ/engineer/producer. “I say this all the time, ‘Kanye records are never the same twice, while he’s making them because they always grow.’ They start with just a sample and some drums but by the time you hear it on the record it’s a full fleshed out production. That’s what he’s always done.”
Young Guru said there would be some surprise guests on the album, but he was unable to share them just yet. He did give a cryptic hint about a new project Jay-Z may have in the works.
“He said this idea to me — I wish I could tell the world about,” Guru said. “Some ideas are so simple and in-your-face, that they’re incredibly smart. So this next idea, when you hear this title, the world is going to say, ‘Why didn’t Jay think of that for the first album,’ because the title and concept just fits in perfectly. It’s so simple, but yet so elegant at the same time. So yeah, [Jay-Z] can’t stop, it’s in his blood.”