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

  1. Rajon Trondo Says:

    The Hybrid >> XXX
    ^
    Co

    I ain’t even checking for new shit from Danny anymore

  2. Free J Says:

    Damn that interview gave some perspective. Gotta respect Kanye for pushin boundaries and being a perfectionist

  3. 007 Says:

    stay yo mump face shiny 4 head ass in this ring fuckboy

  4. Rajon Trondo Says:

    my sources say Yeezus has leaked

  5. Gob Bluth Says:

    Damn that interview gave some perspective. Gotta respect Kanye for pushin boundaries and being a perfectionist

    ^

    co, i’m skeptical of the rushed approach but imma let him finish

  6. Free J Says:

    I never heard hybrid but land said the same thing y’all sayin about it being better

  7. Jackson7 Says:

    The Hybrid >> XXX
    ^
    Co

    I ain’t even checking for new shit from Danny anymore

    ——

    word

    right after the detroit state of mind series and the hybrid lp, i lost interest too…

    nigga got too weirdo

  8. Free J Says:

    ^

    co, i’m skeptical of the rushed approach but imma let him finish
    ^^^

    Lol true… I normally am never content wit something I wrote quick, shit most ppl arent but that’s Kanye.

    @tron – link? (Nh)

  9. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    speaking of pushing boundaries

    switch barbers

  10. Rajon Trondo Says:

    I’LL have a link shortly..

  11. Free J Says:

    Noodle mouth, it’s Friday…enjoy ur day. Go about ya business. Niggas talkin music, do you EVER carry normal conversations?

  12. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Why ya hairline hangliding?

  13. Free J Says:

    If its not me, it’s sihk, FYPM, 007, JDS, KJ… Fuck is wrong at home?

    Land getcha son, he actin up again…

  14. S.I.C.K Says:

    All this trouble to go “minimal”

    Lol I been on that wave

    I am intrigued though(II)

  15. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Pusha T in the line ass nigga

  16. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    zeek da sneak in the line ass nigga

  17. Gob Bluth Says:

    b why don’t u just get in the booth & settle it

    u claim to be the best nah mc & that’s where yr real beef is so why not ?

  18. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Im not a fan of artists making everything so deep n fuckin analytical

    Shut the fuck up rick rubin & kanye

    When the lightskin god pharell cococted grindin you aint hear him tryna over analyze and make deep statements about minimial music

    Fuck outta here

    Type niggas look at a panting of trash can nd make all type of artsy analytical statements about it.

  19. Free J Says:

    Your boring the crowd… I fractured ur frail ass heart. Bruised ya spirit man child. U finished. U dont get to spar wit me

  20. general glamour Says:

    https://twitter.com/AintNoChanginMe

    ^

    link on his twitter

    * skips to chief keef track *

  21. general glamour Says:

    ahhh damn … alpha uno was right

    yeezy got keef getting weird n emotional on the chorus

    i can’t even catch no body to this shit right here

    =/

  22. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Godforbid yeezus is full of lo fi grindin type shit

    Then its “omg he is a genius”

    Meanwhile the yellow jesus pharrell been did that

  23. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Bob gluth,

    I never stated I was the best mc on nahright, others have done that for me.

    Free can rap, but who cares about him

    he is a corn

    its friday

    u know how this goes

  24. general glamour Says:

    if the king louie track aint banging i might just throw it in the trash n then make all kind of minimalist artsy analytical statements about it

  25. Gob Bluth Says:

    @ CP better not be a virus

  26. general glamour Says:

    @ gob

    don’t dL it then yeezus drops officially tuesday lol

  27. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Nigga u need to spar witch barber

    I bet u prolly gave that nigga a tip

    meanwhile he pushed back ya line and I can see whats on your mind

    nigga first wife left him for a nigga wit a shape up

  28. Gob Bluth Says:

    temporarily unavailable

    ^

    welp

  29. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    I never stated I was the best mc on nahright, others have done that for me.

    ^other than ya e pops who?

  30. general glamour Says:

    okay

    king louie track a banger

    chief keef track a bit forgettable, not the messiahs fault (sosa), i don’t know what yeezy was really trying to do accomplish

    bout to start it over from the beginning

  31. Free J Says:

    Yea I got the same shit… Unavailable

    Cp email it to me @ ericjr1@yahoo

  32. Gob Bluth Says:

    I never stated I was the best mc on nahright, others have done that for me.

    ^

    well yr not

  33. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Kanye could have a song on his album thats the beeping flatline sound

    The NY times would write a 3 page story on the shit

    Fuckin disgusting

    You wanna know who is a genius

    Roc Marciano

    Go listen to Roc Marciano “We Ill”

    He wrote them bars

    He made that beat

    Thats a fuckin genius for ya

  34. Gob Bluth Says:

    Dammit CP chill

  35. Gob Bluth Says:

    Kanye overrated ? maybe

    but rather him than macklemore

  36. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Marciano Jr says:

    Lol

  37. Free J Says:

    CP email that shit to me… Create a dummy account if ya have to but put music or some shit in the subject line

  38. Rajon Trondo Says:

    Go listen to Roc Marciano “We Ill”

    ^
    COSIGN

  39. Word Al Yankyabitch Says:

    rapgodfathers has a link, I dont know if it’s legit tho

  40. Free J Says:

    Never mind my boy got the shit, he gon send it to me

  41. Free J Says:

    Gob Bluth
    1 min ago
    Kanye overrated ? maybe

    but rather him than macklemore

    ^^^

    This

  42. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Now aint that about a bitch

    This nigga stare n the mirror all day wit a brush in hand

    Ordering texturizer from japan off the internet

    Ordering hair ointments and all type of creams from small australian towns off the internet

    Sleeps upright like a female so he wont fuck up his waves

    Wears a doo rag to work right up until the very minute he sposed to clock in

    Only to take it off and white bitches tell him to dougie

    Only to go home from douging and his aunt asks him with a straight face a serious face dead serious like the 4th quarter “brandon are you gay”

    Now aint that about a bitch

  43. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    lol

  44. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Lol

    I mean like

    Who you brushin them waves for

    Nigga aint had a girlfriend since aaliyah rock the boat was in radio rotation

    But you so concerned withcha waves

    For what lil nigga

    Lmao

    Thats why ya aunt think you a faggoy

    Nigga in the mirror for hours brushin away aunt never seen him wit a bith n her life id conclude you was a faggot too

  45. general glamour Says:

    i am a god shit talking verse >>>>

    the rest of the song is trash

    the chorus has the word croissant n pointless screaming

    what the fuck

    needless bullshit at the end too

    if he just had one more shit talking verse it would have been a dope track

  46. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    yo free jeezus once you get that ye can you make a zip thas compatible for my cell to DL?

    thx in advance.

  47. Gob Bluth Says:

    sheesh !

    he let off the yopper

  48. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Who gassed this loser?!?

    Who said he was da best please link that?

    Niggas laughed on his shells diss. No Mixtape, no material, can’t afford da studio. Basic ass bars n monotone flow.

    No swag no “glow”

    Definitely no story don’t call my phone?!? When da nigga broke n live wit his aint at 34?!?

    FOH u ain’t nice nigga

    Witty, corny yes

  49. general glamour Says:

    new slaves cdq >>>>>

    best track ive heard on it so far n it was the single

    =/

  50. Free J Says:

    Lmao @ FYPM…

    @kev I can send it when I’m off work if u want. I can’t be downloading and doin all that here. I jus kno the links will be dead later

  51. Rajon Trondo Says:

    Nah vets.

    You’ve got mail

  52. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    CP

    You dont listen to albums start to finish

    I cant listen until i can sit down and hear the shit from start to finish

    I miss the bonus track days

    I remember lettin Momma Loves Me ride…then magically outta no where lyrical excerise dropped i was fuckin hype!!

  53. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    can’t wait to see the fly shit ima receive this fathers day.

    that 13′ MacBook air tho >>>

    thas a present to self.

  54. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Nigga aint had a girlfriend since aaliyah rock the boat was in radio rotation

    But you so concerned withcha waves

    For what lil nigga

    Lmao

    Thats why ya aunt think you a faggoy

    Nigga in the mirror for hours brushin away aunt never seen him wit a bith n her life id conclude you was a faggot too

    ^all facts

  55. Free J Says:

    Fuck u CP lol can’t answer the damn question but wanna brag about the music…

  56. general glamour Says:

    awww didn’t listen to it all the way through

    some pointless shit at the end of new slaves too smh

    the rushing in the album is starting to come out

    not only is the shit at the end pointless but it doesn’t blend just pops the fuck up outta nowhere

  57. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    my homie tron!

    thx, bruh.

    i’m good, free.

  58. Rajon Trondo Says:

    If I don’t have your email, you shit outta luck

  59. general glamour Says:

    F YOU PAY ME! Says:
    June 14th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    CP

    You dont listen to albums start to finish

    ^

    is this a question or statement ?

  60. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    lol @ ” witty corny”.

  61. Free J Says:

    @tron – fuck u too lol u seen me post my email billions of times and u ain’t sent me the shit either… I’ll send it to whoever want it when I’m off work

  62. general glamour Says:

    * sips coffee *

    * adjusts glasses *

    * reloads typewriter *

    * continues album critique *

  63. The Architek Says:

    Im not a fan of artists making everything so deep n fuckin analytical

    Shut the fuck up rick rubin & kanye

    When the lightskin god pharell cococted grindin you aint hear him tryna over analyze and make deep statements about minimial music

    Fuck outta here

    Type niggas look at a panting of trash can nd make all type of artsy analytical statements about it.

    ^^

    this

    and if nah recommends danny prior to XXX, i’m checking out everything after XXX

  64. Free J Says:

    @kev – aite cool

    @007 – gotcha.

  65. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Question

  66. Free J Says:

    this

    and if nah recommends danny prior to XXX, i’m checking out everything after XXX

    ^^^

    LOL truth. XXX is my shit

    Outer space>>>>

    DNA >>>>>

  67. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Free J
    1 min ago
    @kev – aite cool

    @007 – gotcha.

    ^tx free jes’us Trizzon took care of ya bwoi

  68. general glamour Says:

    wont lie trill i lost faith in yeezus awhile back

    so i had to check the chief keef n king louie track to see if it was even my lane

    im guilty

    if i wasn’t fucking with those it probably wouldn’t have received the time to review the whole thing from beginning

    artists like curren$y n chief keef get full album treatment

  69. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Get yo ass in this ring fuck boy

    When ya aunt asked if you was gay

    Did you ask her why?

    Or did you look at her .. Look down at the ground and start brushin ya waves?

  70. Free J Says:

    It ain’t even fun to diss noodle mouth

    He paved the way for a lot of losers to follow

    Nigga got classic failures on his résumé

    He’s the GOAT of this anti winning thing

    I’m not sure how he does it but he that creative he sets the bar lower every time

    I kno Auntie Stevens. The REAL auntie Stevens… He owe her a hunnid favors.

  71. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    Or did you look at her .. Look down at the ground and start brushin ya waves?

    > lol.

    the staple that is ether friday >

  72. Rajon Trondo Says:

    Free I don’t jot your email down just cuz u type it.. that’s for the mask brigade

    I will send it. What’s your email

  73. general glamour Says:

    this album is rushed

    a lot of it is pointless

    uncharacteristic for a yeezy album

    his music aint been hitting my soul for while but the very least you could have expected from yeezy was a quality product

  74. general glamour Says:

    blood on the leaves >>>>

    unexpected banger

  75. Gob Bluth Says:

    Kanye does tend to overthink shit, that’s his weakness

    anyway im gonna stop reading yeezus related comments till i hear it for myself

  76. Free J Says:

    @tron – true lol I got it now my boy sent it to me, appreciate tho.

    Cp gon act like he ain’t seen my comment tho lol…

  77. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    This nigga askin his aunt to borrow her credit card so he can order special wave cream from Hong Kong

    For what?

    You havent had a girlfriend since Murphy Lee was runnin round wit a mask

    Nigga be havin competitions wit his cousin

    “lets see who got the most waves the winner get the whole couch to his self”

  78. general glamour Says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!

    BLOODD ON THE LEAVES !!!!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  79. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    lol at the end of the day

    If I HAD NO GLOW

    I woulkd be free j

    and niggas wouldnt care

    yall know how this works lol

  80. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    PAY AUNTIE!!!

  81. The Architek Says:

    Free hit my email with that link

    architek204 @ gmail

  82. general glamour Says:

    @ free j ?

    you said your friend got it to you right ?

    what do want from me lol ?!?!?

  83. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Lemme find out blandon really 33 years old wit no fuckin drivers liscene

  84. Free J Says:

    Noodle mouth the only reason u got the glow is cuz u using too much wave cream…ya head glistens in the sunlight

  85. B Says:

    My bad y’all I be tripping.I been single since high school and will be 30nextyear .and sometimes not having that female companionship fucks with me.so much shit I missed out on.and now I be thinking letx say I do get in a relationship and actually really like the girl,I’m not gon know how to act.Nigga self esteem been impacted by this shit.I have no clue what it feels like to be in a relationship cuz I’m so used to being dolo.yo my aunt be asking me if i’m gay cuz she never seen me wit a girl.

  86. Free J Says:

    @JDS – I got u after work unless tron can send it to ya now

    @CP – lol I thought u was purposely ignoring me

  87. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Nigga we just found out you rhyme yesterday and u been here for years

    you still trying to find yourself, yet u blogging from the perspective of someone that seen it all

    This nigga making beats
    managing porfolios
    writing unanswered blog posts
    selling Crack cocaine
    finacial advising(Lose orman)

    pick a career/lifestyle and stick to it

  88. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    My bad y’all I be tripping

    > lolxsmh

  89. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    free j hairline doing the runningman

  90. Gob Bluth Says:

    b’s fails almost make me feel bad about how lucky i am

    almost

  91. Free J Says:

    Noodle mouth doin the dougie for carpools to work

  92. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Jds Check in

  93. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    Lmaooo

    Why ya couch got dual murray stains one from you one from ya cousin

  94. hood trill stunting aka trap day man Says:

    selling Crack cocaine

    > smh.

    stop snitchin.

    niggas be quick to tell it.

  95. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    *ques ain’t think u gay*

  96. Free J Says:

    Ain’t that a bitch… Nigga tradin dance moves for rides…. U do the stanly leg too my nigger?

  97. b Says:

    I will never forget the day I walked. over by the internal sales desk, where a conversation with all whites was taking place.As soon as I walked over one of the kizzetes asks ‘does anyone know how to dougie”?I knew who that question was meant for, and of course all of her colleagues didnt know wtf she was talking about, but I pretended I didnt hear her say it.So after i IGNORE THAT FIRST ONE, SHE REPEATS, SOMEBODY HERE KNOWS HOW TOO.tHIS IS THE SAME BITCH THAT CANT SAY HELLO, BuT NEVER FORGETS TO SAY YO, OR WHADDUP DOGG?THAT WHADDUP DOGG SHIT IS GON GET ONE OF THESE KIZZAS VIOLATED.I’m still thinking of a way to politely ask her so stop niggering me.

  98. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    How it feel when ya cousin bring a bitch thru and auntie hit you wit the “i think you gay” face.

  99. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    You know youre a failure when you start a blog but spend more time on another niggas blog

    lmao

  100. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  101. Free J Says:

    Stanky*

    Nigga be rockin the Durag and showin off the 360 waves to a site full of men.

  102. general glamour Says:

    the lyrics on blood on the leaves >>>>>>

    i wont ruin it for yall but those the quotes ill be posting on here sporadically lol

  103. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    they took them t liners

    pushed free back like a recliner

  104. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    You know your a failure when everybody on a blog knows your a failure

  105. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    I hear echoes when when ya page load fypm

    that blog been visited less than free j datpiff page

  106. Free J Says:

    Noodle mouth…casket sr. The OG of this failure shit.

    Only girls are infatuated wit hair as much as u. Ur failures are documented HERE. U got to search the Internet lookin for either on anyone else

  107. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    He mad at me cuz my hair follicles stil function

    u mad?

    get rogaine

    or rub some coconut milk on ya fourhead

  108. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    lol he dont got a forehead he got a fourhead

  109. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    You know your a failure when say shit like

    “I have no clue what it feels like to be in a relationship cuz I’m so used to being dolo.yo my aunt be asking me if i’m gay cuz she never seen me wit a girl.”

  110. NYHC81 Says:

    whatever he did to “Bound 2″ it worked. that’s the craziest Kanye West track I’ve heard in a decade. god damn!!!!!

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