Legendary producer Rick Rubin recently gave a very revealing interview with The Daily Beast in which he discussed his career and projects he is currently working on, including Kanye West‘s recent release , “Yeezus“.
During the interview, Rubin expanded on the process of working with Kanye and the possibility of a Yeezus follow up:
“Kanye called me. I’d just finished working at the studio for about two months on another album, and I was getting ready to go away on vacation for a couple weeks. Then he called up and said, ‘Can I just come play my album?’ And I said, ‘Sure.’ I always like to hear what he’s working on. So he came over to my house in Malibu. We listened. I thought I was going to hear a finished album, but actually we listened to probably three and a half hours of works in progress…So I said, ‘When are you thinking of finishing up?’ And he said, ‘It’s coming out in five weeks.’ Like completely confident and fine,” Rubin shared.
“Initially, [Kanye] thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album,” Rubin revealed toThe Daily Beast. “But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, ‘Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.’ That was one of the first breakthroughs. Kanye was like, ‘That’s what I came here today to hear! It could be 10 songs!'”