Rick Rubin Talks Punk Rock Hip Hop, Kanye West & Yeezus


Billboard recently reported on an interview between Zane Lowe & Rick Rubin.

Billboard says, “Recently, legendary producer Rick Rubin sat down for a rare hour-long interview with BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe at his Shangri-La studio in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning mastermind behind such canonical records as Beastie Boys’ “License to Ill,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” and Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” talked at length about a variety of topics, from Eminem (“The best rapper of any emcee”) to taking a break from music to get into magic at age eight to artists he’d like to work with (N.W.A., LCD Soundsystem). 

On Kanye West and “Yeezus”: (3:00) “I thought it was coming out in a year. Kanye said five to six weeks, and I said ‘Really? I’m working on an album that’s much farther along than this that’s coming out in a year’ . . . I can’t think of any artist who’s been the most consistently great since he started making music.”

On recording Black Sabbath’s first new album in nearly 20 years: (9:45) “I try to imagine what them at their best is, and set up whatever situations we have to allow that to happen. It’s like fishing: you can go out fishing but you can’t say ‘I’m going to catch three fish today.'”

Read the full article – Via Billboard