Rick Rubin Helps Clipse’s “Casket Drop,” Album On Deck

Rick Rubin Helps Clipse’s “Casket Drop,” Album On Deck

Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin has reportedly stepped up to help produce tracks on the forthcoming Clipse album Till The Casket Drops.

The Columbia Records co-chairman has already placed one song in the books.

Legendary producer Rick Rubin has been working on tracks for the Clipse’s long-awaited third album this month, the rap duo’s camp tells EW. 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)

While details are still scarce, a few project notes have reportedly leaked online.

The album’s first single, “Kinda Like a Big Deal,” is produced by DJ Khalil and features Kanye West. Pusha T was tight-lipped when asked about the collaboration earlier this year, but said it was something to look for: “Hey, man, it’s just one of them joints.” The duo hope to release Till the Casket Drops late this summer. (MTV News)

Despite aiming to drop their upcoming album this year, major staff cuts at Sony Music Entertainment may keep the rap duo’s LP off shelves indefinitely.

Sony’s Columbia Records has laid off several of its staff members, including president of urban music Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and urban marketing executive Al Branch. Several regional promotional staff members have also been let go. It is unclear who will follow Joshua to guide Columbia’s urban department, or who will handle the projects of Jim Jones and The Clipse. (Billboard)

Clipse joined Columbia Records in 2007.

Virginia rap duo the Clipse announced today (October 29) that they have signed a five-year contract with Columbia Records, evidently bringing to a close years of acrimonious label drama for the group. The deal represents a symbolic coup for Columbia’s new co-chairman, producer Rick Rubin, who has pledged to challenge music-biz orthodoxy and focus on nurturing talented artists. (Hollywood Reporter)

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