Some people will love this news, others will hate it.
Hip hop legend Rick Rubin is back in the studio working with a legend of equal, or even greater stature on his new album: Kanye West. It’s an interesting pairing. Kanye has always collaborated with people on his albums, but one thing that’s somewhat unique to Kanye’s music is his individuality in the realm of beats and production.
Here’s the original article from NME.
Rick Rubin has confirmed that he is currently working on a new album with Kanye West.
Rubin previously helped produce the 2013 album ‘Yeezus’ and confirmed that recording on a follow up has begun while chatting to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as part of a special interview which will be broadcast in four parts (Monday – Thursday) next week. Rubin discusses his previous time spent with the rapper and also confirms that he is “looking at vocal ideas,” for a new release.
“There were loads of great ideas and there were many many tracks and we listened to everything together,” said Rubin on his first listen of the ‘Yeezus’ demos. “He originally came over and said ‘I wanna come play you my new album’ and I thought we’d be listening to a finished album. Then we listened to about three hours of music, most of which didn’t have vocals, and at the end I was like ‘wow, so what’s it gonna be?’ I’m thinking it’s a year away and he was like ‘well, I’m putting it out in like 5-6 weeks’.
Rubin added: “It was just a funny conversation because it was completely normal to him, it’s just the way he works… today, Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album.”
Q-Tip previously revealed that he is working on the new Kanye West album with Rubin while West himself said as far back as November 2013 that he is already working on his next solo album and hopes to release it in summer 2014.
Now, to be fair, Rubin helped a bit on Yeezus, and has a pretty unbelievable track record with hip hop artists (see: LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Run DMC), but this may be a bit different. During the Yeezus sessions, Rubin came in to help Kanye finish the album. This time around, it sounds as though Rubin is going to help earlier on. Does this mean that he’ll have more influence on the album’s sound? If so, is that necessarily a bad thing?
Not only has Rubin worked with some crazy good rappers in the past, he’s also helped produce albums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and Mick Jagger. He’s been all over the place with his production, though most folks see his rock record history to be much more hit-or-miss than his work in hip hop.
Here’s one of Rubin’s most revolutionary tracks from nearly 30 years ago, Run DMC’s “King of Rock”: