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Rick Rubin Speaks on Executive Producing Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’

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Rick Rubin has had a historical career in producing for some of hip-hop’s biggest acts and now, the legendary producer is opening up about working with Kanye West on his new LP, ‘Yeezus.’


The Def Jam founder spoke to The Wall Street Journal about jumping onboard for the project.

“Kanye came over to play me what I assumed was going to be the finished album at three weeks before the last possible delivery date… The raw material was very strong but hadn’t yet come into focus,” explained Rick. “I joined the project because after discussing what he had played for me, he asked if I would be open to taking all of the raw material on and help him finish it.

He describes ‘Ye’s vision as a “stripped-down minimal direction” and shared a story from their hectic studio sessions:

“We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim Kardashian]… Kanye was planning to go to Milan that night. Five songs still needed vocals and two or three of them still needed lyrics. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I will score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter.’ In the two hours before had to run out to catch the plane, he did exactly that: finished all lyrics and performed them with gusto.”

‘Yeezus’ is out June 18.

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