Rick Rubin has confirmed that he is currently working on a new album with Kanye West.
Rubin previously helped produce the 2013 album ‘Yeezus’ and confirmed that recording on a follow up has begun while chatting to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as part of a special interview which will be broadcast in four parts (Monday – Thursday) next week. Rubin discusses his previous time spent with the rapper and also confirms that he is “looking at vocal ideas,” for a new release.
“There were loads of great ideas and there were many many tracks and we listened to everything together,” said Rubin on his first listen of the ‘Yeezus’ demos. “He originally came over and said ‘I wanna come play you my new album’ and I thought we’d be listening to a finished album. Then we listened to about three hours of music, most of which didn’t have vocals, and at the end I was like ‘wow, so what’s it gonna be?’ I’m thinking it’s a year away and he was like ‘well, I’m putting it out in like 5-6 weeks’.
Rubin added: “It was just a funny conversation because it was completely normal to him, it’s just the way he works… today, Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album.”
Q-Tip previously revealed that he is working on the new Kanye West album with Rubin while West himself said as far back as November 2013 that he is already working on his next solo album and hopes to release it in summer 2014.
The full interview with Rick Rubin will be available on the BBC iPlayer from 7pm on Monday, June 16 and broadcast in four parts (Monday-Thursday) on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.