(AllHipHop News) Was one of the biggest records on the juggernaut collaboration Watch The Throne almost given a different name?
Former Grantland publisher David Cho spoke with the A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal podcast about Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2011 joint album.
At one point, Cho discussed supposed conversations between Hov and Ye over the title for the song that became “N-ggas In Paris.”
“Jay wanted to call it ‘Ball So Hard,’ and Kanye was like, ‘No, we have to put the n-word in the title,'” stated Cho.
Apparently, Kanye wanted to put “n-gga” in every song title on Watch The Throne so people would have to confront the controversial word.
“I’m assuming the compromise ended up being, ‘Okay, we’ll put it in the title of this one song,'” Cho added.
“N-ggas In Paris” is one of the biggest hits off Watch The Throne.
The song was certified 5 times platinum, peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
Jay and Kanye’s smash single also inspired numerous remixes/freestyles and even an illustrated book.