*Jay-Z has has just released a visual look into the recording of “Watch the Throne” via more than 20 photos taken during the collaborative sessions with album partner Kanye West.
The shots, released via his Life + Times website, show the two artists and a number of celebrities (rapper/producer Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé) as they go about creating the project.
In the below photo, Kanye is seen looking down at a yellow pad that appears to have a track list for the album.
As previously reported, the official “Watch the Throne” track list was also revealed on Jay-Z’s site.
“Watch the Throne” was recorded across several continents, including Europe and Australia. At least some of the photos were taken in New York City’s Mercer Hotel, where parts of the album were recorded and where Jay-Z held an exclusive listening session of the album last week for select media, including MTV News. During the same session, Jay also confirmed that part of the album was recorded at NYC’s Tribeca Grand Hotel.
At the listening event, Jay-Z spoke about being in awe of the people who gathered around the room he was sitting in, much like the assembled journalists, while he and Kanye were creating songs. Some of the notables he remembered stopping by off the top of his head included Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, who designed the album-cover artwork, and heralded fashion designer Phoebe Philo.
Although the release date is still unconfirmed, Watch the Throne appears to be set to drop August 2.
View more photos of the recording session below: