October 20, 2016


Kanye West: 'Watch the Throne 2' Is Dead, North West & Blue Ivy Have Never Played Together

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation

"Let me tell y’all something," Kanye West told fans at the Saint Pablo Tour in Seattle on Wednesday night. "There will never be a Watch the Throne 2." 

How come? Ostensibly because of tensions between Apple Music and Tidal, Jay Z's exclusives-loving streaming service. Kanye's had enough of that push/pull since "some Tidal shit, some political shit, some shit about percentages on songs" kept him and Hov off Drake's album version of "Pop Style." For the earlier single version, they were billed as The Throne for the first time in years.

"Every time I perform this song I think about the shit," Kanye said before dropping the beat. "I think about the politics and the bullshit. I think about how hard I go for music, for art, for y’all, for the fans—how hard we go."

That's all pretty cut and dried, though. Murkier and more of a bummer were the comments Yeezy made explicitly about Jay, who wanted to stay off "Pop Style" out of respect for Meek Mill. Reflecting on Hov calling on the phone after Kim Kardashian got robbed in Paris, 'Ye said, "You wanna know how I'm feeling? Come by the house. Bring the kids by the house. Like we brothers. Let's sit down." (Jay Z and Beyoncé have—one sec, double-checking—yup, one kid.)

Elsewhere, Yeezy was plain: "I can’t take this shit, bro! Our kids ain’t never even played together."

For more on Kanye, watch an episode of Fuse's digital miniseries The Kanye Effect, this one detailing the dude's knack for talent-scouting and collaboration: