Kanye West Confirms "Yeezus" Guests, Rick Rubin As Executive Producer

Kanye West breaks down the title of "Yeezus," says the album title refers to his "God name."

G.O.O.D. Music rapper Kanye West dished out a number of thank you’s during his Yeezus listening session, which took place last night (June 10) at a loading dock in New York City. The Windy City emcee saved his last thank you for Def Jam Records founder Rick Rubin who West reportedly recruited last minute for the role of executive producer on Yeezus.

West went on to speak in detail about Rubin’s contributions as executive producer on the project before offering a short, but precise explanation of his album’s title.

“Last but not least, that came and helped bring this whole shit together. That executive produced the album [with] me and the family is Rick Rubin…I remember Rick even said, he said ‘When we did Def Jam, we wasn’t feeling like we was in competition with nobody cause this shit was so direct’…So, it was good for me to go to the God Rick Rubin and plan my shit,” said West in a video posted on XXLMag.com. “Ask him questions and allow him to take this project to an entirely new level. And he made a lot of great decisions at the end and pulled it to a whole new level. And I wanted to explain something about the title. Simply put, West was my slave name, and Yeezus is my God name.”

The “Black Skinhead” rapper also spoke on the musical versatility of Yeezus, which he later described as being a "soundtrack" to life, as he commented on the album doubling as a project you can ride to, workout to, etc.

“We ain't give a fuck about what no one else said, outside looking in, anything,” Kanye explained. “We just wanted to make the best product possible and this is just the beginning of an entirely new mentality of how to make music [directly] for the people…It’s about delivering some shit for y’all to go to work to, ride to, listen to when y’all working out and shit, whatever y’all doing. To provide a soundtrack for this shit.”

Kanye also reportedly confirmed features from Daft Punk, Chief Keef, Bon Iver, and more on the album. Yeezus will be released next week on June 18.

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  • south side chicago chick

    dr donda west will be rolling in her grave. from wearing skirts to euro music to kim kardashian smh

  • Anonymous

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  • Fuck those who disagree, my bullets you get em free

    No idea why anyone would give money to Kanye by buying his album guy is a complete whingeing moaning multi-millionaire asshole that got a retarded fame hungry slut pregnant Don't care how good the beats are I refuse to support the kanye kardashian bullshit

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  • Ricky Rozay

    Here is a test: Go to your local Walmart. NOW, look for every white woman you see. This will include: a. The portly and homely large bodied woman with the husband in camouflage clothing who is 200 pounds lighter than she is with 3 dirty, unkempt blonde headed children. b. The hippie chick with the grapevine-like armpit hair. c. The flat-chested, ever-frowning and lonely business woman with one lonely child. d. The average tanning bed, china nails, bleached haired, (Insert sports team here) tee shirt wearing, wifey who pushes her husband around. c. The disgruntled, middle-aged woman at the register sneering at you. d. The pill-stealing chick in the pharmaceuticals aisle. e. The overweight teenage girls walmart clothes shopping. f. The white girl with a black husband/boyfriend and her 2-4 children. g. The "vegan" girl who secretly has a glass of milk at night and is a million shades too pale with thin hair and a sickly body frame. h. The hyper glitzed up girl wearing stilettos with booty shorts to shop in Walmart (ahem, I mean grab ANYONE's attention because she is so lonely). i. The distressed mother with a bunch of children running over her because she can't control them and will regret it later (PS, her and her husband's children will grow up with NO hope of survival in real life because of their bad habits) j. The bargain shopper haggling the cashier and keeping you in line for an extra 30 minutes. k. The girlfriend walking with her boyfriend, but reveling in other men's attention when he's not looking. l. The rich power couple who shop at Walmart to feel better than all the other shoppers (but somehow can't afford to shop at a publix or insert other upscale grocer). m. The loud white girls walking in with macho men screaming at the top of their lungs to garner attention because they don't have money for the club at midnight. n. The lazy fat white women who ride in on scooters though their only health condition is FAT. o. The "stuck to cellphone" gals who run into poles because they could care less about keeping a look out for large, harmful objects (this happens quite often which is sad really.) p. the nasty gals who walk out the house with dingy, dirty sweatpants on, a greasy badly dyed bun, and a pair of stained flip-flops and saggy bellies (accompanied by saggy breasts). q. The beauty queen who secretly has herpes, and is a bit too talkative. r. The rush hour worker with the generic brown bob that bumps into you, speeds past you in an aisle, and sighs and taps her heel when she is waiting behind you with a buggy a bit too full for her taste. s. The wanna-be fashionista whose clothing comes from thrift shops and smell like a dirty motel room. t. The wrecking-ball slut who loudly proclaims she's had sex with that guy, and that guy, and that guy, and grab a pack of condoms cause she's doing THAT guy tonight. u. The dreamy girl who talks about Twilight, Justin Bieber, and Ke$ha all night while in line behind you with her college aged friend, as they loudly sing one of the two aforementioned music artists' songs badly. v. The whiny wife who complains about her husbands eating habits loudly for everyone to hear, and then whispers to him about whether or not she's gaining weight. w. The "ghetto" wannabe who looks like she walked out of a salvation army and may have a gun between her butt cheeks. x. The chick with the Mohawk who glares angrily ahead as she holds a bottle of painkillers. y. The portly group of girls calling themselves "voluptuous cuties" and wearing spandex tights (who happen to be white...) and Z. That one normal girl who isn't bothering anyone who just wants to get the heck out of Walmart, go home, and enjoy her evening before flying out the door to work. OKAY! Now that we've examined this, I ask you a simple question: How many of those kinds of women do you find attractive? Most of them are in your local Walmart, stores, porn videos, restaurants, neighborhoods, family reunions, and company Christmas parties. In fact, since this is America, I bet you that ALL races of women can turn out this way!!!!! I believe it is RAISING, oh dear god yes RAISING, and CULTURE that shape one's behavior, and skin color does little more than coat your organs and determine whether you burn or glaze in the sun. If our skin determines our brains, I worry about every race...because it doesn't seem like we have a very good selection of brains to match our skins. Whites compare humans to monkeys on here! Freaking monkeys! If anyone came from monkeys, we all did! And whether or not someone looks like a monkey is not determined by their skin! It could be a bad mix of genes. And a white person can easily look like a "monkey", so can an Indian, a black person, a white person, or an Asian. I would feel sorry for them, but it's the truth. Now, let's review! We have learned that every race can come in ugly, stupid, and monkey form. It is up to us to change that behavior! If by miracle we do, we become a better human being that contributes to the world! And maybe, just maybe we can worry about more important things than skin after that! Maybe our skin will magically un-link from our brains, and our brains will be allowed to evolve. That would be nice. And...and maybe! Yes, maybe we could solve problems like world hunger, alternative forms of energy being discovered, space exploration, medical technology advances, and better education for children if our skin did not oh so hinder us. Until then, I suppose we must wait and hope soon our skin, our damned skin will leave our poor brains alone... Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    People throw around "God" like it's nothing these days. If everyone is a God then there is no point in having one. Unless this is some conspiracy to devalue God so much that it means nothing

  • Guwop

    Gucci Mane = realest rapper ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - T.I. snitch to the feds - Young Jeezy was never bmf - 50 Cent snitch and was never in jail but a youthcamp - Game was never a banger but lived the life of his brother in his lyrics - Nas Escobar never sold drugs - Ice Cube never was a gangbanger - Dr Dre never was a gangbanger - 2pac was a ballerina and never sold drugs after he become famous he was doing some stupid stuff like beating and shooting at people because he though he could get away with it. Without Suge Knight 2pac was just a skinny motherfucker. Oh and i like his music so fuck you. - Mobb deep are the biggiest pussies in rap they are short as midgets and keep talking this g shit but never did g shit. - Kanye was gay

  • Allara

    Yeezus is actually a more correct proununciation of Jesus. J isn't in the Hebrew language. J was usually substituted for y.

  • Dentaldamboy

    People only say 2pac and Biggie are the best because they died so dramatically and died when they were in their prime. If Weezy and Shady were to die in their prime in the same dramatic fashion, it would be no different. Because truth is as good as 2pac and biggie were there are rappers nowadays that would rap circles around them. So they clearly aren't legendary because of their skills, it's really because of their dramatic deaths. In all honesty they're extremely over-rated

    • gamestwin

      ur MOTHER IZ A LEGEND AT THE STRIP CLUB ..NIGGA KILLYOSELF!!!!

    • Donahue

      While there's some truth in what you just said you've got to look at the for more than just rapping skills. Just cuz these new cats now days can rap their ass's off with speed and precision doesn't mean they're the greatest. Biggie & Pac did so much for music and hip-hop. They created a timeless songs that will keep living on possibly longer than you an I. The way Biggie rapped was so natural it almost seemed effortless. He was ment to make music. TuPac came with delivery and passion that is unmatched. His song writing ability, personality, optimism, and rebelliousness will live on forever. He is a lifestyle. To be legend is to bring much much more to the table than fast flows and great one-liners. YOU the artist is what becomes legend. Artist like Eminem, Jay Z, Naz, Snoop Dogg and Tech N9ne will be around and talked about in hip-hop culture for many many years even after their time is over. They became more than just a rapper with some witty lines and infectious flows. They proved there worth and longevity and became a name known world wide. Kanye West will be something of legend one day. If his face pops up on a tv screen everyone knows who he is from your little sister to your granny. He's loved and hated for individual reasons. But he's one of the most well known people living. He just happens to also make topnotch music! Legend. I'll give you this.. If Lil' Wayne would have been murdered just before releasing Tha Carter 3 he would have probably gone down in history. But now he has saturated his talent and produced a lot of half-assed garbage. He's half the reason everyone thinks they can be a rapper! It's like that line from that Batman movie: "Die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.." Same goes for 50 Cent. And yes "hip-hop heads" I know their are other great rap legends out there but I said the ones I did because theirs names are much more known. So don't make me a list of other greats out there. That's not my point.

  • Yeezus Christ Amen

    kanye is our new lord and savior

  • Anonymous

    Looking at rap today, we really need a new Kanye West album. Kanye is one of the few top selling hip-hop artists that still give a fuck about music. Look at the music put out by Future, Lil Wayne, Nicky, 2Chainz... if Pac was alive, he would shit on all of them.

  • Eye Control

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  • sx0009

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  • Eminem

    Wonder what kanyes dick taste like

  • lady gaga fans luv kanye

    anybody you thinks Kanye West is a genius obviously has a below average intelligence

  • false prophet out 4 profit

    if you buy/download/listen to this album dont bother going back to church you going to hell regardless

  • Anonymous

    All you negros that complain about how hard is is to be black are soooo uneducated. Read a book ignorant niggas!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      white people complain about and hate blacks asians latino(a)s europeans arabs women gays rich poor beauty/ugliness corporations small businesses clothing education food prices laws roads jobs unemployment children neighbors whites family rain the sun snow the original haters and complainers, don't be fooled

  • Anonymous

    If your a Kanye fan... Get mental help! Forget this satanic bisexual

  • bigLeebigLee@yahoo.com

    Kanye shoulda had lloyd banks on this shit...

  • kaynes

    a fag we all know it. he acts like a woman bec inside he is a woman and he has gay sex with a white man lol

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  • DZA

    You know I do love Yeezy's music, I really do, and I have followed him for some time. But a theme that has come up time and time again in his music since he went all out thug and ditched the old image is the struggle of the black man (he's rich as fuck) and the dated notion of black power over white privilege. "You know white people..." and all that shit he spits annoys the fuck out of a true fan, hip hop producer, and MC such as myself. Now he sits here and says thanks to the "GOD" Rick Rubin, a white male, who by all accounts is very integrated into hip hop's legacy and culture. I dunno say what you will about me, I am non racist, non hate, but I just vibe that as a sense of hypocrisy and am tired of Kanye's time and time again direct racism and closet minded opinions. Oh, yeah, ain't Kim basically white also? Get real, Yeezy. Please.

    • No hero

      Kanye perpetuated the negative ignorant stereotypes for his whole rap career. its not like he was 18 when he started rapping he was a grown ass man. Now that he's a pop star he has to stay reverent (according to hiphopdx readers) so he's switching his stance. Stop making him out to be a leader or visionary. Bob Marley was this guy is just an imature piece of shit with a grip of homos on his dick

    • PhillyMu

      Point Blank, if you're not BLACK, you literally have no right to speak about a BLACK man who has the guts to speak out about white racism/white priviledge/institutions that are designed to keep blacks enslaved (mentally). Just because he works with white people to create his art doesn't mean he's a hypocrite. DAMN I WISH YALL WOULD GET EDUCATED!!! How fucked up is your criticism?? Yall claim rappers don't have anything to say about social/political issues, but when a HIGH PROFILE, super famous BLACK MAN does it, yall wanna cry reverse racism. THAT IS THE EPITOME OF WHITE GUILT, AND U AIN'T EVEN KNOW IT

    • no homo

      kanye doesn't give a shit about you or your skin color he just wants your money you homos

    • Anonymous

      @DZA Agreee. Expect KIM is not basically white. She IS WHITE!!! For any of you idiot American's that think Armenia is somehow arab or serb or some shit.... The country is 80% WHITE. Her family are from the WHITE side....

    • myty gz

      everyone struggles within your class. your poor its tryna get rich and broke and if your rich you find some other shit to complain about that lower class people cant understand. its not a black and white issue its and a black,white,brown w.e color in the would you ares problem. just bec yoru black dont mean you have any less or more problems then the next man.

    • A

      I agree to a certain extent with Advocate comment....I think the main point was that being a huge Kanye fan, It's tough to see him tip top that fine line of racism. Granted, none of probably understand his true struggle because we are neither wealthy or famous. However, Rick Rubin is a white man who founded Def Jam (also a legendary producer for rock acts). The fact that this album seems to have a bullseye on "White CEOs" or "Whites in power" is pretty contradictory given the fact that Rick Rubin is helping him finish what will most likely be a CLASSIC album.

    • Anonymous

      tru 100% ^^^^^

    • Industry Advocate

      So you think the Struggle for The Black Man ends when you're rich? You think things get easier because you got money? You think people look at you different and treat you different because you not "financially" struggling? No matter how much money you make, or how high you get in ranks, people will still treat you like a NIGGA! Real Talk! That's the difference between Black listeners and everyone else.

    • A

      Came in here to say the same thing! You couldn't have said it better. I agree completely. Hoping once I hear the album that my expectations for that "Theme" won''t be there.

  • Yeezoid

    Its going to be anonther dope album that DX will give 4.5 to...cause they wack

  • Anonymous

    Chief Keef and Young Chop are going to save this bullshit...I have a feeling its gonna be more experimental trash like 808 Heartbreak...

  • Anonymous

    the review of the album is on rolling stone. trash ass album if u love euro acts like david guetta, daft punk. u will love this album though.

  • dentaldamboy

    As an accountant at cash money, whenever kanye comes through, I am required to service him whenever he wants, birdman always makes me since i am his bitch. One day kanye wanted a hot plate of fish sticks, and wanted fresh tarter sauce with them. So i shit on a plate, warmed it in the microwave, and jizzed on it afterwards, then mixed it together with mayonaise. Kanye wanted to make sure it wasn't poisened, so I grabbed a spoon and took a bite of the shit & cum tarter sauce, I loved it, and it didn't kill me! Mmm, mmm, mmm, I love eating my own shit. Kanye was feeling horny, and he wanted to fuck kim, but she was in LA cheating on him with brody jenner, fucking bitch. So kanye put a wig around my ass, drew eyes and a nose, then stuck his cock in my tight shit hole, and yelled out Kim's name like the 10 commandments, then he called me a muthafucking gay fish, shot his load in my eyes, the ones drawn on my ass, then fisted me. Kanye broke down and started crying, because the thought of Kim fucking her step brother was too much too handle. Sorry kanye, but that baby is coming out white. YMCM 4 Life!

  • Anonymous

    It's funny, my voice means so much more than everybody elses does

  • Anonymous

    ive pretty much hated kanye since cruel summer

    • PhillyMu

      So, you just disregard an entire discography of brilliant hip-hop music because you don't like a FUCKING compilation that isn't even a Kanye album? Oh ok, you've just confirmed your status as a moron

  • Right On

    Kanye West is a gay fish.

  • 7 Cities Slymm

    * we all can't go and we all can't stay.... *that being said, Kanye is the greatest ARTIST (not MC) to materialize his vision into music that Hip-Hop has to date * he is achieving Prince/Madonna status as an artist, so if he sells 50K first week in U.S., he will still go platinum WORLDWIDE * plus, who cares what it sells (esp if you not a record exec), just look for quality music * we need artists like Nas, Lupe, Kanye, Kendrick & etc to challenge Hip-Hops boundaries...we need artists like Redman, M.O.P., Ice Cube, & Scarface to keep it rooted in its true essence * Drake, Wayne, Ross & ect are needed to keep it "relevant"/pop for those who are too lazy to look up new talent (Krit/Bada$$) and those too ignorant to learn the history(NWA/Rakim)

  • Whorida

    Would like to hear more about the input Rick Rubin had. If he had a hand in all tracks, shit will be fire.

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  • Anonymous

    Kanye will sell at least 400k the first week. Checkout thegrandreport, they have some cool hip hop news and videos on there too

  • Anonymous

    They need to hurry up and leak this shit. I don't have anything to listen to besides nas life is good. hiphop is over :(

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