Kanye West Reportedly Enlists Rick Rubin, Makes Late Changes To "Yeezus"

Thirty years after co-founding Def Jam Records, Rick Rubin reportedly comes in as a last minute executive producer to help the label's biggest artists, Kanye West with his album "Yeezus."

Kanye West is known to work extensively with co-producers. Whether it was Fionna Apple/Aimee Mann composer Jon Brion's work on Late Registration, producer Jeff Bhasker's many contributions on 808's & Heartbreaks, or more recently, Scarface/Devin The Dude producer/engineer Mike Dean's work since My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy, it is not uncommon for Kanye to share credits in his album inserts.

The New York Post's "Page Six" gossip column reports that this month's Yeezus is no exception to West's collaborative ways. The newspaper alleges that sources close to Island Def Jam informed them of iconic producer Rick Rubin's involvement in the last several days. Said to now be an executive producer of Kanye's sixth solo album, Rubin, who co-founded Def Jam Records in a New York University dormitory room with Russell Simmons 30 years ago, is aiding the label's 2013 priority.

The Post claims that with the June 18 release date just over a week away, the last minute changes are a reaction to mixed reviews from press listening sessions of Yeezus. Additionally, Def Jam Records is allegedly concerned about one of the album's songs, said to be called "Onsite."

The song reportedly samples a Chicago, Illinois church choir compromised of children. With the original sample believed to be recorded by The Holy Name of Mary Church Choir, label adminstration was working to clear the song's rights as recently as last Friday (June 7). With concern over legal issue, West reportedly recorded a new version in New York City this weekend.

Much of Yeezus was recorded in Paris, France. Though Kanye West continues to premiere songs at live events, including last night's Governor's Ball in New York City, the tracklist of the album is still unknown to the public. Chicago's Chief Keef claimed that his contribution to the album is secured, making him a lone confirmed guest.

Before working with West this month, Rick Rubin's Hip Hop contributions date back to the early 1980s. In addition to his acclaimed label work with Def Jam, Def American and more recently Columbia Records, Rubin has produced seminal material for the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC and The Geto Boys. Having worked extensively with acts such as Slayer, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rubin returned to Hip Hop in the last 10 years to produce single tracks for Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz as well as Jay-Z's "99 Problems."

Neither Kanye West nor Def Jam have not yet confirmed the collaboration.

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77 Comments

  • Tony

    Tony yayo will push a milli mix tapes on datpiff

  • WhiteBoy

    As good as J.Cole's album is, Kanye has nothing to worry about! If the album does get pushed, it'll have NOTHING to do with J.Cole's album...unless Kanye moved it to HELP Cole. Yeezy going platinum!

  • Realest

    Late Registration > College Dropout > MBDTF > Graduation > 808S > WTT

  • Come On

    Kanye will sell minimum 400,000 first week gauranteed minimum J.cole will be like 90,000 end of story.. for the doubters that don't think Kanye will I'll see you right back here a week after his release..

  • Anonymous

    oh this gonna be better than I thought

  • Anonymous

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  • Alc95

    I can see Kanye pushing his album back, Cole's album was amazing and Mac Miller's album was a decent release too. I think the worst part of all of this is that if Kanye sold less than J. Cole the labels will start to worry. Kanye has more to lose than Cole, Cole is in a position where as long as he sells more than Mac than he'll be fine.

    • foreal

      I think Kanye should worry and probably is since he is making these changes. Kanye needs a solid album and can not rely on his name to sell records, look at Lil' Wayne. Wayne is about to go gold, but (like him or not) i didnt think he would take so long to do it. I am not sure if Cole could still sell more than Kanye. I am predicting 250k first week. and i would put cole some where around 90k-120k if he is lucky.

    • Anonymous

      Because Kanye has been afraid to drop an album the same day as another rapper...50 Cent (when 50 actually had a buzz). What does Kanye really have to lose? He'll still go platinum and sell more than Cole. There has been no promotion for the album yet every major media outlet has pretty much reported on it. Rick Rubin possibly being listed as an "executive producer" means almost nothing. Suge Knight was an "executive producer" on some classic albums....yet did next to nothing.

  • Editor

    I think you mean the Illinois church choir is "comprised of children", not "compromised of children." This last just sounds wrong.

  • sever246

    I wish Vegas had a betting line on whether this album will come out June 18th because I would bet a grand right now that the album won't be released on that date. Way to soon with no single promoted at radio, hell there isn't really even a buzz for this album.

    • Anon

      Ye is at the point of his career where money/sales aren't a big deal. He wants to make an album that builds buzz upon its release based of the material itself. I don't anticipate this being his best work by any means but not having a promotional single is by design, not by mistake, which is why you can expect it to come out on time.

  • Anonymous

    How is it even possible that there have been "press listening sessions" with "mixed reviews" of the album and yet no one has reported on this? Kanye can't walk down the street without the major new outlets covering it, but he played the album and got mixed reviews and no one said anything until now? Wait...ohhh, the New York Post.......that makes a little more sense now.

  • Anonymous

    Richgang is too afraid to compete with kanye, j cole, mac miller on june 18th

  • Anonymous

    Cole's sensational album got them panicking. Rick Rubin won't change a bunch of Euro singles and guest appearances from Keef and trinidad james.

  • Anonymous

    Suddenly I'm actually hyped up for Yeezus again. When Rubin's involved you generally know it's gonna be special.

  • Mortis

    I do not see how this works. Rubin favors stripped down production. Kanye is the polar opposite.

  • Anonymous

    There are cops, there are priests, everyday's halloween

  • COCA

    DEFINITELY NOT COMING OUT ON JUNE 18...

  • Anonymous

    clearly one of his darker songs...notice how he followed it up with jesus walks, lol.

  • Anonymous

    Rich Gang gon kill this crap

  • dentaldamboy

    This album's going to be wack. Rich gang will be far better than this.

    • Birdman

      Dentaldamman works for me.

    • Anonymous

      Everything about you, especially your life, is a joke. Everything you say is a lie. You have no evidence to back up your claims, which are exaggerated and not believable.

    • dentaldamman

      This ain't no joke. I am a man and not a bitch. Everything I said was true. Tell me whats so hard to believe about that?

    • Anonymous

      Good joke, bitch. You should be a comedian.

    • dentaldamman

      I changed my name to dentaldamman because I've grown up. Im no bitch unlike you. I work as an accountant. What's so hard to believe about that? And I did see some traitors among the Cash Money camp like Mannie Fresh trying to rape Birdman, Slim, and Wayne. We kicked them out. Since then, they regretted raping them because they nowhere near as successful as before. Heck, B.G's in jail.

    • Anonymous

      There you go again, you lying ass bitch. What I said was true. Birdman wasn't paying them enough money and they all left. For the thousandth time, you're not an accountant. BTW, -'s comment is all you. You bringing up the money excuse, which is the oldest excuse in the dictionary to defend people who suck and is %100 incorrect, doesn't make you right; nobody cares about another man's pockets besides groupie ass stans like you.

    • dentaldamboy

      You're describing yourself here. Don't be mad because they make far more money than you.

    • -

      you bag bananas, you don't count bundles

    • -

      dentaldam as always you & full of shit & gay ass hell. birdmans a geezer, your a gaylord, your not an accountant your a cashier at whole foods.

    • dentaldamboy

      If that last part was true, every artist would have left. These niggas left because they were attempting to rape Birdman. I have a life as a fucking accountant so i know.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing you say is true. It's all a bunch of retarded assumptions and phony tales about the life you wished you have. All of those niggas left because Birdman wasn't paying them any money, not that gay shit you made up.

    • dentaldamboy

      I have a life as an accountant of ymcmb. I am a man and I know for a fact that Mannie Fresh tried to rape Birdman along with Juvenile, BG, and Turk. Feel free to dispute that at any way but im telling you what i say is the truth.

    • Anonymous

      You lie about everything. You're not a fucking acountant; you're a bitch with no life, living in your mama's basement making up bogus fantasy tales about your favorite artists.

    • dentaldamboy

      And tell me, what did I lie about? Im an accountant so I know what went on. Mannie Fresh tried to rape birdman but he fought him and kicked him out.

    • Anonymous

      Everything you say is a lie.

    • dentaldamboy

      Birdman is the first rapper ever. He gave us terrific artists like Wayne, Drake, and Minaj (fuck Juvenile and Turk and B.G. they had good music but when they tried to rape birdman and left, their music became wack.)

    • Rap Fan

      Birdman is trash, and he is so damn old.

  • j

    I like that he enlists other producers to make great music. I hate how he claims he's the greatest when he needed help from so many other professionals. Give credit where credits do, you cocky prick

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ DJ Premier and The Neptunes are both better and more influential than Kanye

    • m.black

      It takes a real pro to kno what to bring in or take out to get your ideas out. Ye is a perfectionist. He damn sure ain't paying these muthafuckas to do his work for him. You would only last so long doin that shit...He uses them to enhance his design...He is the greatest Hip Hop producer of this generation...Only Dre and Timbaland stand above him.

    • Anonymous

      He gives credits... in fact, he's one of the first to give credits to co-producers. Co-producers are there mostly to help with an idea or two... He's still the main producer :)

    • Anonymous

      he gives more credit than any other artist out there when a producer only adds a small part to the song he gets a credit on the album that's why he always as so much people on the song because usually nobody adds those small time back up producers who helped you for an hour do something

  • Nottz

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  • 9th

    little Brother - Hiding Place

  • Nottz

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  • jus10

    Good news, but I still have my doubts about this one. All that Cruel Summer bs has really f'd it up for me.

  • Anonymous

    just more bullshit about bullshit

  • Anonymous

    Kanye u r not Adele!! Rick Rubin isn't gonna get u those album sales.

  • Anonymous

    Yeezus is going to be Yeezy's first let down album, too bad he was one of the most consistent rappers

    • WhiteBoy

      None of Ye's albums have been a let down. 808's was a complete switch up from a diverse artist, and I don't know how you can think Yeezus will be a let down without knowing who's producing/featuring? Haters gon hate!

    • Anonymous

      hmm that's funny i've never heard a good r&b album with auto-tune on every track. 808's is trash compared to erykah badu "mama's gun" or frank ocean "channel orange" or pretty much any other real r&b record.

    • Anonymous

      If you listen to 808's as a HIP-HOP album then sure it disappoints. Listen to it with an open mind and you'll see it's actually a good r&b album

    • Anonymous

      808's was a let down 2 me dawg

    • Anonymous

      I believe it

  • Anonymous

    Bryant Dope ft ANTHM - NNY (Prod Hannibal King) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVx4AjXlcWk

  • bars

    hip hop about dope beats rhymes and cuts yeezus wont have any

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  • Anonymous

    shit must be trash if he gotta get rick rubin to last minute executive produce a week before it comes out, should have been finished a long time ago no????

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