News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Pusha T Explains Rick Rubin-Clipse Connection, "He Came In & Heard Everything" [Audio]

Friday, Sep 4, 2009 11:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After initial reports of Rick Rubin producing tracks on The Clipse's upcoming Till The Casket Drops, Pusha T hit up SOHH to clear up the rumors and explain the Def Jam co-founder's role on the new album.

According to Pusha, Rubin did not produce tracks on the third Clipse project, however, he contributed in other ways.

"We were just joking about saying he lied to us," Pusha explained. "We drove down to Malibu and Rick is a cool guy, amazing dude. He gave us all the insight in the world. He had a big influence on us and some of the records we kept and some of the records that we got rid of off the album. He sorta, like, solidified our stance in making this album. Actually, he came in and heard everything. We went to him and he heard everything. Outside of that he was just, you know, like 'Listen man, just make sure you love it. Like if you don't love it, don't do it, if you don't love everything. Anything you don't love, do not do, do not put on that album.' He was like 'I don't care, I don't care, I don't care about any of that. If you don't love it, don't do it.'" (SOHH)

Clipse previously said they never received any beats from Rubin.

"He lied to us," Clipse jokingly admitted in an interview earlier this summer. "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)

Till The Casket Drops is due in stores October 2009.

Check out a snippet of Pusha T's SOHH interview below:

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