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Rick Rubin Speaks On The Making of Yeezus, Says It Was Mostly Unfinished Two Weeks Before Release


” “It was good for me to go to the god, Rick Rubin, and play him my sh–, ask him questions, and allow him to take this project to an entirely new level.”-Kanye West

(AllHipHop News) In his most recent New York Times interview, Kanye West told the interviewer “I will completely bow to anyone I respect.” It is safe to assume Kanye West probably bowed to Rick Rubin, the legendary producer and co-founder of Def Jam whom west enlisted to help work on his sixth studio album Yeezus. The wily haired genius spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the making of Yeezus, Kanye’s impressive recording skills and Kanye’s place in Hip Hop’s pantheon.

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According to Rubin, Kanye asked for his help on finishing the album less than a month before it was due to be turned in and needed more help than the prolific producer expected:

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. We ended up listening to three hours of partially finished pieces. The raw material was very strong but hadn’t yet come into focus. Many of the vocals hadn’t been recorded yet, and many of those still didn’t have lyrics. From what he played me, it sounded like several months more work had to be done. 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.

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Kanye was apparently not stressed about the impending release date in the face of a largely unfinished album as Rubin recalls in a recording feat that the producer of albums by LL Cool J, Metallica, Johnny Cash, The Beastie Boys and many others deemed “remarkable”:

We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim [Kardashian] and the album was to be turned in two days later.  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.  A remarkable feat.  He had total confidence in his ability to get the job done when push came to shove.

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Check out the full Wall Street Journal interview here

  • WillVetterGoodin

    Rubin is the man.

  • johnblacksad

    *You crazy for this one Rick*… in my Shawn Corey Carter voice….

  • MrNoName2K

    Nothing but the utmost respect for Rick Rubin..

  • therealest1

    Def Jam was definitely good when Rick Rubin was involved, it held its own when he left. Around the time before Lyor Cohen left, that’s when it went to hell in a hand basket.

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  • Eli Pinilla

    Listenin to it now….shits too out there for me…sounds like dominatrix shit

  • jacksjus

    Sounds like a rushed album is on the way. This can’t be a good thing. How can someone claim they love the music more than anything, yet not have time to do just that?

  • gunnstarr

    yeah but at best he is a subpar lyricist-with long whiney sounding
    talks as opposed to actual songs- so why would the time frame he had and
    what he had to create seem like an immense undertaking?

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  • RedEyez

    Listened to the Album.. Hot as fukk

  • brotha_man

    Ahhh! thats why he has so many features

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  • Live Well

    Listening now. The music is interesting, the lyrics are trash. To be honest, I don’t know what the hell a person is supposed to do with this music. Kanye seems to go further and further out there with his sound and presentation to compensate for the fact that he ain’t talkin bout shit. He’s devolved into a shock jock narcissist whose lyrics have fallen way off.

  • jsj23

    Wasn’t ever a fan of Kanye. I don’t think I ever will be and I don’t think it matters much, just thought I should mention that. I still rock Mobb Deep, Smiff n Wessun, the whole Boot Camp Click, Biggie, Pac, Tribe Called Quest, L.O.N.S, Wu-Tang, Nas…The whole 90’s sh*t. I just can’t get into the newer cats like Kanye, he is simply too fake!…I think it’s just me though…just saying.

    • cromthelaughinggod7

      What is your definition of fake? I bought late registration, college dropout etc. Hiphop beats etc. He is nothing like the cats you mentioned and I listen to all the people you mentioned also on constant rotation. His beats are amazing besides 808 and heartbreaks which was not my taste. Fake is not being yourself. He has allowed the media to shape him into a self absorbed prick. Money and absolute power corrupts the mind. I simply think he is misguided to allow the medias judgments to shape him or angry him. He is dope compared to gucci manye, french montana and other countless wack rappers today.

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  • Thomas Smith

    I just list to the first 10 tracks of the album….and I must say as a producer myself…there is so many elements of this album that is classic…I like kanye west for his creative use of samples….and evolving genres of music that a lot of people haven’t ever heard or don’t listen to this is example of that…. J. Cole and kanye west albums are the best albums I’ve here all year…….finally some real hip-hop albums…..next album i’m waiting to hear is slum village’s new album….

    • Live Well

      But the lyrics were trash though.

      • Thomas Smith

        Sorry didn’t think so, Kanye West wasn’t one of the great lyricists of all time….but saying that…..what was you expecting “illmatic verses”….smh

  • danboy1386

    3 months…. “i rushed yeezus i just really wasnt focused thats why it was wack”

    • AmIDickRidingyet

      nah I don’t think Kanye is the type to go back on his actions. he even admitted to not being sincere with his apology to the Swift chick.

  • digitallife

    ….Just going to say..I told you so..

  • Who’sthis?

    sounds super lazy

    • Thomas Smith

      really…..wow…you must think french montana has the album of the year….smh

    • Severe Thebeneficent

      you dont put an album like this together and deem it “lazy”…TOTALLY disagree…

  • Severe Thebeneficent

    heard it…1st listen , I said hmmm…not for me…listened to it 3 times already…still “not for me” but as an artist/producer myself I kinda ‘get it’…all I can say is there is NO WAY this generation/hip hop culture in 2013 will accept this album…NO WAY…they wouldnt even know how too…kanye would have to already be triple platinum in some other country for these puppets to even act like they get it….imo…this is too eclectic for this generations taste…its too experimental and too “euro”…lyrically he comes across conflicted…almost like a diary….he says some shit though, you can tell he got alot on his mind…the guest, you can barely tell theyre even on the track! its not a-b-c 1-2-3 predictable and thats what the feeble minded want from commercial artist, thats all they are programmed to accept, so they wont like this whatsoever….you cant ‘mass produce’ this style…no sing song choruses….kanye fans will defend him, they will call it “classic” and exaggerate …albums like this arent supposed to be “classic” they’re created to push boundaries, its meant to be subjective…nothing “classic” about this album…if your into say kraftwerk, daft punk, enoch light, Moog records and shit, this is right up your alley…if your brainwashed by rick ross and the like, this aint for you, ESPECIALLY that crowd, like stay 100 ft away from this, like dont even try to hear it, review it, AND have an opinion, it will push your cerebral cortex into over drive melt your shit for brains lol…..if your into trends and just try to be down with what the masses agree with…your gonna sway with the majority ANYWAY so your opinion doesnt really matter…if your into music, sonics and textures, lots of low end then you might like it…its got some bright spots but its waaaay out there….waaaaaaaay out there….that new j cole on the other hand, is DOPE…my only flaw is it sounds like the OLD kanye…too much like the old kanye…if thats even a bad thing…

    • AmIDickRidingyet

      I don’t like that you think a fan of Rick Ross can’t be a fan of anybody else. I do agree with you on some of your points, one of them being that this will push boundaries because I believe it will. From the promoting, to the music and to the overall voice of it, this sounds like whatever Kanye was describing it to be. Minimalist being one of the adjectives.
      You should lay off the political correctness and generalizations in your thought process though. I agree with what you’re saying but you disregard people like me who also love music and the community of it. lets chill on dissing people’s personal preferences and share our experiences.

      • Severe Thebeneficent

        disregard people like you? my g…no disrespect but I dont know you my man lls!! I say what I like whenever I like, fk it sue me. Its not that I dont think “rick ross fans” cant be fans of anybody else, its do they know HOW to be a fan of other music is the question I ask! Theres nothing to diss, these kids diss themselves better than I could ever do! just turn on the radio dont take my word for it! its young vs old! fans of rick ross etc etc etc top 40 radio fans(is that better) act like their brain cant function if its not that trap shit or whatever the radio programs you to believe! Thats all you hear on the radio; trap music! That shit will brainwash you if you let it! Hell most rick ross fans aint even rick ross fans, they just like his beats lol! wtf is that?! How can a generation have an eclectic musical palette if they dont know the history or can appreciate the many faces of the genre? i got into different artist because of hip hop culture growing up, these kids rebel against all that! generalizing…yes…truth…you tell me? I could be wrong, and its all good, but cmon…this generation is undefendable and I wont bother trying…is what it is…. ask one of them type dudes if they like the new kanye betcha they wont…they dont even know HOW to…thats my whole point…if your not one of them…more power to ya…just wanted to reply back…

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