DRAM – Check Ya Fabrics (Produced by Rick Rubin)

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

After spending some time with Rick Rubin at the producer’s storied Shangri La studio in Malibu earlier this year, the recently de-acronymized DRAM shares the first fruits of his relationship with the legendary record man in the form of “Check Ya Fabrics.” Listen below.

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Here’s a Trailer for the 808 Documentary

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Check out a trailer for the new documentary 808 which will explore the legacy of the iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine and its influence on music. The film is narrated by Zane Lowe and features appearances from a number of musical luminaries including Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, ?uestlove, Rick Rubin, Hank Shocklee and several others. The music geek in me is here for every second of this. In addition to the film, which premieres on December 9th on Apple Music, there will be an accompanying soundtrack out on November 25th.

Continue below to watch the trailer and check ou the full soundtrack tracklisting.

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Rick Rubin Interviews Kendrick Lamar for GQ Style

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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Kendrick Lamar covers the new issue of GQ Style and rather than pairing him off with a music writer, they brought in the legendary Rick Rubin to perform the interview. The pair discuss K.Dot’s jazz influences and his album To Pimp A Butterfly, his reverence for the pen and why he needs to feel inspired to sit down and write, the origin and significance of the song “Alright”, how he has been lyrically influenced by Eminem, his meditation process and what to expect from his next project, which he asks Rick to help him figure out.

You can watch a video of the entire conversation below, or head over to GQ’s site to read a transcript.

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Rick Rubin Teams with Flying Lotus, A-Trak on Star Wars Headspace

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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With The Force Awakens vaporizing box office records and two more Star Wars films on the way, the iconic franchise will be dominating pop culture conversations for the foreseeable future. Legendary record man and genius whisperer Rick Rubin is getting in on the fun with a new compilation album called Stars Wars Headspace which is going to feature original productions from the likes of Flying Lotus, A-Trak, Baauer, Röyksopp and Shlomo among others. The project not only draws direct inspiration from George Lucas’ space opera, it also incorporates audio samples from the films themselves such has the distinctive bleeps of R2D2 and voices of Wookies.

Continue below to check out three tracks from the album as debuted by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio earlier today. They include Rubin’s “NR-G7,” “R2 Where R U?” by Flying Lotus and “Cantina Boys” from Baauer.

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Rick Rubin Returns to His NYU Dorm Room

Friday, October 17th, 2014

I love shit like this. I love when there is a definitive space in the universe where you can say, “this incredible thing was created right here” and you can visit that place and feel the energy. Like 1520 Sedgwick (I know that one is arguable, but still signifigant nonetheless), or CBGB for example.

In this clip, Rick Rubin returns to room 712 in the Weinstein building at NYU to relive the birth of the most important Rap label of all time. Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys and Rubin’s former roomate Adam Durbin all contribute commentary.

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Previously: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk Slick Rick

Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk Slick Rick

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In this final installment of the Russell and Rick Back And Forth interview, the pair talk about the legend Slick Rick.

Previously: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk Public Enemy

Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk Public Enemy

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

In part 3 of their Back And Forth talk for Noisey, Russell and Ricky talk about the legacy of Public Enemy. Russell explains how PE changed everything about Black America with their Afrocentric empowerment campaign and Rick speaks on how he had to convince Chuck D to give Rap another go after he had a false start with the group Spectrum City. They also talk about hearing “Public Enemy #1” for the first time, which PE happened to perform on Fallon last night.

Previously: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk The Beastie Boys

Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk The Beastie Boys

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Here’s part 2 of Noisey’s Back And Forth with Russell and Rick Rubin. In this segment, they speak about the debut Beastie Boys single “Cooky Puss”, recording the Licensed To Ill album and their monster single “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party” and how it impacted the rest of their career.

Previously: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin On the Birth of Def Jam

Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin On the Birth of Def Jam

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

On this VERY SPECIAL EPISODE of Noisey’s ‘Back & Forth’ interview series, Zen masters Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin discuss the early days of Def Jam, which is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary this year. In this clip, they talk about trying to capture the vibe of the clubs on early Rap records, the conception of LL Cool J’s “Radio” single and how he might be the only person who ever ghostwrote for RUN D.M.C.

Previously: Rick Rubin Sons All Ice Bucket Challengees

Video: Rick Rubin Sons All Ice Bucket Challengees

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Jedi master Rick Rubin accepted an Ice Bucket Challenge from Eminem and sonned pretty much everybody who has attempted one so far. I get the feeling he does this every morning by choice.

Previously: Cam’ron Does The Ice Bucket Challenge