News: Rick Rubin Breaks Silence On Last-Minute 'Yeezus' Changes: "It Sounded Like Several Months More Work Had To Be Done"

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 5:02PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Music icon Rick Rubin has stepped foward to confirm recent chatter suggesting Kanye West reached out to him with last-minute requests for the upcoming Yeezus album and detailed the experience.

Rubin, known for co-founding Def Jam alongside Russell Simmons, said Ye's Yeezus needed ample work done to it when Mr. West contacted him a few weeks ago.

"Kanye came over to play me what I assumed was going to be the finished album at three weeks before the last possible delivery date. We ended up listening to three hours of partially finished pieces. The raw material was very strong but hadn't yet come into focus. Many of the vocals hadn't been recorded yet, and many of those still didn't have lyrics. From what he played me, it sounded like several months more work had to be done. I joined the project because after discussing what he had played for me, he asked if I would be open to taking all of the raw material on and help him finish it." (Wall Street Journal)

Although he contributed a lot, Rick admitted Yeezy came through toward the end of the process to help with the bulk of the project.

"We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim Kardashian] and the album was to be turned in two days later. Kanye was planning to go to Milan that night. Five songs still needed vocals and two or three of them still needed lyrics. He said, "Don't worry, I will score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter." In the two hours before had to run out to catch the plane, he did exactly that: finished all lyrics and performed them with gusto. A remarkable feat. He had total confidence in his ability to get the job done when push came to shove." (Wall Street Journal)

Buzz behind Rick's last-minute involvement on the highly anticipated project bubbled online Monday (June 10).

Kanye West is driving Island Def Jam executives "crazy" with last-minute changes, a new producer and legal issues over his new album, "Yeezus." Sources exclusively tell us that last week -- just two weeks before the album drops -- West brought in legendary producer Rick Rubin to help lay down additional tracks for the record, and Def Jam execs spent the week haggling over rights for a vocal he used on his song "Onsite." "Even by Kanye West standards, this is pushing it," said a music industry source. Page Six reported last week that after months spent in Paris recording, West was still working in the studio after early releases got mixed reviews. (NY Post)

Despite efforts to keep the LP under wraps, Ye's newest solo album leaked online this week.

What's this? A "Yeezus" leak? Indeed: Kanye West's sixth studio album, which was veiled in secrecy for months until West played it in its entirety for critics and associates on Monday, has made its way online. The Huffington Post has heard the album and, by cross-checking it across the version played at West's listening party Monday night, can verify that it seems legitimate. We're not posting links to the leak, though, so happy hunting. Photos emerged late Thursday of the physical album, which features a distinctively pared down design (there is no album art, though fans have taken to creating their own). One photo, posted on Instagram by a student and producer, showed the front of the album. (Huffington Post)

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