The rumor mill is abuzz this week, as more and more people are saying Watch the Throne is set to come out on the 4th of July. No official statement has been made by the label or Kanye & Jay-Z, but as is typical in the business, information is slowly leaking out.

This rumor started earlier this month and has gained traction the closer the date has approached. Rapper Theophilus London recently tweeted this:

So the idea is, Watch the Throne will be released digitally similar to Radiohead and NIN’s business model. This wouldn’t be too surprising, given Kanye and Jay-Z’s admiration for both artists. And what would be a grander way to release such a potentially immense album?

A writer over at Complex Magazine tweeted: “Kanye West and Jay-Z are about to pull a Radiohead. #watchthethrone #declarationofindependence.” But that is hardly a source. So at this point most of it is hearsay.

But regardless if it comes out on the 4th of July or not (we’ll know sooner rather than later) – a surprise digital release seems likely for Watch the Throne. When, is the question. We’ll make sure to update you guys if any legitimate sources actually come out confirming this. But for now, chalk this up as an enticing rumor.