Rick Rubin has a relatively inactive Twitter account. Aside from that one time he retweeted a Periscope video of the reactionary right-wing Dilbert creator Scott Adams babbling about Putin, the sole tweet he’s ever made reads as follows: “Microphone check, one, two.” The music mogul only follows 160 accounts on Twitter, … More »
Legendary producer Rick Rubin (pictured) and famous pop intellectual Malcolm Gladwell have launched a new music-centric podcast together. As Pitchfork reports, it’s called Broken Record, and the first episode went live today featuring an interview with Eminem. Among the revelations: Jay-Z was the one who convinced Beyoncé to sing on Eminem’s new Rubin-produced … More »
DRAM, who recently dropped the periods from his name in semi-comedic fashion, is back today with a new song produced by none other than Rick Rubin. “Check Ya Fabrics” is a loose, floaty, psychedelic R&B track with pitched-up vocals, like Kendrick Lamar spouting manipulated vocals over an outtake from Electric Ladyland but, like, … More »
Spotify held their inaugural Secret Genius Awards in Los Angeles yesterday, and the big event of the night was Frank Ocean presenting the “Legendary Genius Award” to famed producer Rick Rubin. Both are men of notoriously few words, so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising, but it sounds like their much-hyped appearance ended up … More »
Frank Ocean will make a rare public appearance at Spotify’s inaugural Secret Genius Awards to present Rick Rubin with the first-ever Legendary Genius Award. The award’s goals are “to celebrate the people within the songwriting and producing community that contribute to the creative work behind some of the most streamed songs on Spotify,” per a … More »
(AllHipHop Rumors) Hip Hop legend Rick Rubin played a big role as executive producer on Kanye West‘s Yeezus.
Even though the project was not the most loved among many Ye fans, Rubin is said to have given Yeezus its “stripped-down minimal direction.”
Then last year Kanye released the Gospel-tinged The Life Of Pablo which was also EP’d by the Def Jam Records co-founder.
With reports of more work on the way from Kanye, is the G.O.O.D. Music boss back in the studio with Rubin?
Chicago’s Towkio gave the public a hint as to what’s happening with Kanye and Rick.
The SAVEMONEY crew member posted a screenshot of his text conversation with Rubin to Instagram.
Rubin’s message included him telling Towkio that he played one of the 23-year-old rhymer’s songs for Kanye and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij.
Could that mean Ye will jump on the track?
Or will Towkio be the next young talent to help Ye find a fresh sound?
Think Kid Cudi on 808s & Heartbreak, Travis Scott on Yeezus, or Chance The Rapper on Pablo.
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According to a report by Yelawolf’s DJ, Chris Karns, found on The Source, Derek “Pretty Lights” Smith and iconic hip hop producer Rick Rubin have begun collaborative work on Pretty Lights’ upcoming album. Along with the help of Karns himself, who previously worked with Pretty Lights in 2014 at Snowball Festival in Denver, the two spent multiple days inside Rubin’s legendary Shangri La Studios, where Pretty Lights “literally had a semi-truck outside of the studio tons of vintage and rare gear from all over the world.”
Karns said that their initial meeting was not planned, but happened by accident while Pretty Lights was eating breakfast.
“When Derek dropped his album Color Map of the Sun, and was even nominated for a Grammy, and at some point Rick had already become a fan of his work… according to him (Pretty Lights), he was sitting somewhere eating some pancakes and Rick sat down, and didn’t know what to say to him.”
For five days, Karns said Pretty Lights acted as a director from the booth while telling the musicians inside the studio which instruments to play. The result of the recording sessions, he said, is “incredible.”
“He (Pretty Lights) likes to take risks, he’s the type of person to just go for it. He’s very ambitious, he’ll bite off more than you think he can chew, and right when you think he can’t swallow it, he gets it done. He’s a total genius and renaissance man.”
Source: The Source | Image: Chon Suego
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Pretty Lights & Rick Rubin Collaborate On New Album
About a year ago we learned Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach was wrapping up a second album with his side band the Arcs. That project has not yet been released, perhaps because Auerbach has been focused on his first solo album since 2009’s Keep It Hid. Rolling Stone reports that the new solo … More »
(AllHipHop News) Ariana Grande’s boyfriend Mac Miller credits music producer Rick Rubin for helping him get sober last year.
The Blue Slide Park rapper, real name Malcolm McCormick, began struggling with substance abuse issues several years ago and was arrested for possession of marijuana in 2011.
However, after working with the legendary producer last year, the 24-year-old took some of the lessons Rick taught him and applied them to his life.
“(He taught me to) just (be) still, and how important it is to be able to quiet your mind and be honest with yourself,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I also gained a lot of confidence because I played him music I was working on – some weird s**t that never came out – and he was like, ‘I’ve never heard anything like this’. I was so geeked about that.”
And being sober has helped him embrace routine in his life.
“This planet has a certain gravity, man – it rises in the morning, it sets at night, and I never really followed that,” he says. “But now I go to sleep at night and wake up in the day, and that’s been a beautiful balance in my life. Along with not feeling like s##t.”
His sobriety has also affected the way he records music. Miller explains before he would try his hardest to complete a song even if he was having a difficult time with it, but now he is less stringent about his process.
“I’m not forcing anything,” he continues. “I used to never be able to walk away from a song unfinished, so I’d stay up for days at a time working on one song. And my voice is a lot more of an instrument now, and I just sound more awake.”
(AllHipHop News) GQ Style commissioned legendary producer Rick Rubin to sit down with Kendrick Lamar for an in-depth interview.
Rubin questioned the Grammy-winning rap star about numerous topics including whether Kendrick would ever be interested in creating an album where he is not rapping.
“I think I got the confidence for it. If I can master the idea and make the time to approach it the right way, I think I can push it out,” responded Kendrick.
The discussion also included Rubin and Lamar talking about the clarity of the TDE representative’s lyrical content as opposed to many of the modern-day rappers’ focus on “vibe” over bars.
“I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid,” explained Kendrick. He continued, “The day I heard The Marshall Mathers LP, I was just like, How does that work? What is he doing? How is he putting his words together like that? What’s the track under that? An ad-lib? What is that?”
Eminem annotated part of the GQ feature via Genius. The Detroit spitter praised K Dot’s first major label album good kid, m.A.A.d city.
“When I first heard Kendrick’s debut on Aftermath, I couldn’t believe it. The fact that it was his first real album and he was able to make it into a story which intertwines with the skits like that was genius,” wrote Em. “That hasn’t really been done that many times, let alone on someone’s first time up. The level of wordplay, the deliveries, the beats—it’s just a masterpiece.”
Read the full Rick Rubin/Kendrick Lamar article with Genius annotations at GQ.com.