Rick Rubin on the Making of Yeezus

As the deadline to hand in his latest project approached, Kanye recruited one of the most legendary record men in the game to help him polish the LP and get it ready for public consumption. Rick Rubin fielded a few questions about his involvement with Yeezus from the Wall street Journal via e-mail.

When and why did you join the “Yeezus” 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. 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.

How would you describe the new sound he was driving for, and how you did you help him arrive there?
He wanted the music to take a stripped-down minimal direction. He was always examining what we could take out instead of put in. A good example would be the song that became “Bound.” When he first played it for me, it was a more middle of the road R&B song, done in an adult contemporary style. Kanye had the idea of combining that track with a cool sample he had found and liked – I removed all of the R&B elements leaving only a single note baseline in the hook which we processed to have a punk edge in the Suicide tradition.

Read the full Q&A over at the WSJ site.

Previously: Kanye Did an Interview with The New York Times | Kanye West Records “I Am A God” With Rick Rubin & Mike Dean (Video)

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110 Responses to “Rick Rubin on the Making of Yeezus

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  10. NYHC81 Says:

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