Music producer Rick Rubin has confirmed that he is working with Kanye West on the rapper’s seventh studio album and follow up album to Yeezus.
Rick Rubin told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe that he is currently “looking at vocal ideas” for Kanye West’s next album.
Rick Rubin previously worked with Kanye West on Yeezus, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Last June, the producer commented that there was a possible second installment of Yeezus. During his last interview, Rubin commented that Kanye West sought his help in completing Yeezus with only 5 weeks prior to the scheduled release date. At that point in time he planned on including 16 tracks.
Rubin countered, “Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe it is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.” According to Rubin, West took to this idea with enthusiasm, leading to the final version of Yeezus containing just 10 songs.
There’s still no official word yet on when West might release his new album. But only months after the release of Yeezus in June 2013, Q-Tip noted that he and Rubin would be producing West’s follow-up release.
Recently, during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Friday night, Kanye West commented on his previous performance in 2008. Wearing a face mask for 20 minutes into the show, Kanye West commented on how he was “offended” by the criticism of his 2008 performance.
Accusing the press of distorting the facts from the 2008 incident, West said “I did Bonnaroo six months after my mom passed. Pearl Jam went on three hours long. Where the press at? You gonna write about all these motherf—ers putting their hands in the air?”
Kanye West continued, “When I’m in the studio or doing an interview or making a T-shirt, I give everything I got. And when I talk that shit, it’s so you can talk that shit. If you’re fan of me, then you’re fan of your motherf—ing self. I promise you as I stand here, 37 years old, this is only the beginning. I ain’t concerned about anyone who’s living. I ain’t going after no one on the radio. I’m going after Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, Shakespeare.”
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