News: "Rick Rubin Lied To Us," The Clipse Say Producer Never Produced

Friday, Aug 7, 2009 3:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Music mogul Rick Rubin reportedly turned down efforts to work with The Clipse for their forthcoming Till The Casket Drops album.

Despite early reports of Rubin adding his own production to their project, Clipse said they never received any beats from him.

"He lied to us," Clipse jokingly admitted in an interview. "Rick Rubin lied to us. Nah, Rick Rubin ain't produce nothing. He lied to us. We went out to Malibu man, busted out with him. He gave us a lot of insight on the album and gave us some gems man. We came back, sorta re-vamped a few things and uh, you know, made the album a lot better due to that talk, for real. Definitely, it's the reason he's sitting in that [executive] seat." (Karma Loop)

Reports earlier this year said Rubin would help produce at least one record for their new disc.

Legendary producer Rick Rubin has been working on tracks for the Clipse's long-awaited third album this month, the rap duo's camp told EW last spring. Rubin, who signed the Clipse to Columbia Records shortly after taking over as the label's co-chairman in 2007, has completed one tune with them so far in a Malibu studio; they plan to work with him on one to two more in the coming weeks. (Entertainment Weekly)

Although the Def Jam co-founder passed on the opportunity, Clipse received support from other mainstream artists.

"I mean production by the Neptunes, features from Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Cam'ron, Pharrell," Pusha said in a June 2009 interview. "We just put together an amazing album and I'm really happy about that." Other names attached to the album include Timbaland, Scott Storch, P. Diddy and Danjahandz. (Much Music)

The rap duo also expressed their work ethic alongside Pharrell in a recent interview with radio personality Jenny Boom Boom.

"He came through with the clean sweep at the end," Clipse said about Pharrell. "We were basically like, we want hip-hop on steroids. We in a good space, we want that energy, we want that [feeling like] the first Clipse album. It was raw, a little bit more uptempo. It was hip-hop on steroids. And Pharrell creates for us. He don't go and knock off dust from old beats, he literally stops what he's doing and creates fresh joints. Sometimes we fight, disagreeing over music. We go back to the drawing board but that's what we gotta do, we gotta push each other." (Jenny Boom Boom TV)

Check out a recent Clipse interview below:

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