Kanye West's "Yeezus" "Might" Have Sequel, Says Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin says Kanye West "might" have a surprise in store for "Yeezus" fans. He also shares how he became executive producer on the project.

In a revealing interview about his work on Yeezus, Rick Rubin shared that there "might" be a sequel to Kanye West's album. 

"Initially, [Kanye] thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album," Rubin revealed to The Daily Beast. "But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, 'Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.' That was one of the first breakthroughs. Kanye was like, 'That’s what I came here today to hear! It could be 10 songs!'" 

When asked if there is a possibility of a sequel to Yeezus, Rubin said, "Might be." 

In the interview, Rubin also discussed his involvement with Yeezus

"Kanye called me. I’d just finished working at the studio for about two months on another album, and I was getting ready to go away on vacation for a couple weeks. Then he called up and said, 'Can I just come play my album?' And I said, 'Sure.' I always like to hear what he’s working on. So he came over to my house in Malibu. We listened. I thought I was going to hear a finished album, but actually we listened to probably three and a half hours of works in progress...So I said, 'When are you thinking of finishing up?' And he said, 'It’s coming out in five weeks.' Like completely confident and fine," Rubin shared.

"I said, 'I have a record coming out in November that’s a lot further along than this.' He said, 'Really? What are you doing for the next five days?' I said I was going to go away," he added. "Then he said, 'Please help me. Would you be open to fixing it and shaping it and finishing it off?'" 

Rubin also revealed that working on the album made him feel "sick" at times.

"To me it seemed impossible what he was asking. I remember I wasn’t feeling that well that day, and I was thinking, Is the music making me sick? I don’t feel good about this. We ended up working probably 15 days, 16 days, long hours, no days off, 15 hours a day. I was panicked the whole time." 

Earlier this month, Rubin spoke with The Wall Street Journal about Kanye. In that interview, he shared his respect for West.

“He is a true artist who happens to make music under the wide umbrella of hip hop,” he said. “He is in no way beholden to Hip Hop’s typical messaging musical clichés. Hip Hop is a grander, more personal form because of his contributions, and hopefully his work will inspire others to push the boundaries of what’s possible in Hip Hop…He is pure in his art and in a form where so many choices artists make are often the result of business consideration. Kanye chooses to let his art lead.”

According to reports, Yeezus sold 328,000 first-week units. West was initially projected to sell more than this. According to a Billboard report, Yeezus was projected to sell 360,000-380,000 first-week units. 

Rubin, who is recognized as an iconic producer for his work with Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and others, has also been featured in Jay-Z's ads for Magna Carta Holy Grail. Details of the producer's full involvement with the album are not yet known but it wouldn't be the first time Rubin and Jay collaborated. The two paired up for 2003's "99 Problems" on Jigga's The Black Album

RELATED: Kanye West - "Yeezus" [Review]

111 Comments

  • mrsmathers

    Now we know that he was talking aout MMLP2 when he talked about an album coming out in November

  • RC

    The unnecessary sequel to the unnecessary album.

  • Anthony Codomo

    this guy isn't close to as talented as kanye.

  • Anonymous

    plz dont yeezus was wack

  • So Icy Boi!

    I can make better beats den Rick Rubin... whatz so special bout diz nigga? deze Euro trash EDM beats are wack as fuck. swag

  • Gab

    Kanye you can keep that shit for north west 1st birthday..ent nobody want to that shit

  • Anonymous

    RUN THE JEWELS!!! Kills all that shit and it 's Free. Killer mike Kills, El-Ps beats are addictive!!!

  • Anonymous

    pls no. thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I DOWNLOADED IT FOR FREE AND DELETED IT AFTER I HEARD IT FROM FRONT TO BACK. IT WAS HORRIBLE! DIDNT EVEN WANT IT FOR FREE

  • Anonymous

    I gave it a chance and it honestly sucked! it aint hating when its the truth. jcole and macmiller had better albums with better beats and raps. the only people who like this shit are kanye dick riders. IT SUCKED FACE IT!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Anon 1 & 3 do not waste your fucking time with idiots like Anon 2. These new to rap or hip-hop in general think they know better than anyone else or that anyone who didn't get 'it' is simple minded, you have to ask yourself what is 'it' you are suppose to get; a half ass done album, half ass lyrics, halfass concepts?; truly, Ye is a genius because he made a bunch of idiots buy shit served as caviar.

    • Anonymous

      The album was half assed, the messages were half assed, to preach about it makes you a doltish, hoodwinked, piece of shit loser.

    • Anonymous

      FUCK YOU, YOU HOE ASS BITCH MOTHAFUCKA! YOU DONT LIKE IT CAUSE YOU DONT UNDERSTAND IT AND NOT SMART ENOUGH TO GET THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE ALBUM. SO FUCK YOUR DUMBASS OPINION AND YOU CAN GO SUCK A FAT DICK YOU HATIN ASS MOTHAFUCKA!

  • Anonymous

    still waiting for a black hippy album

  • uiguyf

    haters do your job and hate. thank you for doing it so well ;)

  • Anonymous

    shit album euro trash beats

  • Paul P. Reynolds

    like Randall explained I am in shock that a stay at home mom can profit $4553 in four weeks on the internet. did you look at this webpage... www.Can99.c.o.m

  • sxxx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRFmnAw1siY

  • Anonymous

    Fuck that trash album. We don't want a sequel.

  • Anonymous

    Great, it will give Kanye a chance to alienate even more fans...Yeezus was str8 garbage...He needs to get back to making real music...Fuck a sequel...

  • Anonymous

    the sick child molester is back..

  • Anonymous

    *hundred grand; *five hundred grand

  • Anonymous

    (phone ringing) - Hello? - Hey, what's up Rick? Long time no speak, huh? - Who's talking? How did you got that number? - [nervous laughing] Oh, shit I forget to ... it's Kanye, man. - Kanye? Kanye West? Yeah, long time no speak. What do you want? - Well, I have an album coming out in soon. You might heard about it, it's called Yeezus. It'll be incredible, believe me. Some next level shit. The whole album is a fucking masterpiece. A big-fucking-maste ... - Hey, man ... Kanye ... - [speaking vehemently]... and it's not even music any more, more like fluid art concentrated in Mona Lisa's tear drops! If they could unify like some Terminator T200 shit, they'd form a statue of me chillin with El Greco, Liszt and Rodin! And I swear .. - Whoa, whoa, whoa! Slow down man, slow down. You still haven't told me what do you want from me. - [calmly again] Ehm ... yeah. So yesterday I did some thinking, you know, and I figured out you might be interested to be a part of this. - No way. I just finished pretending that I'm working with another random rock band who paying me top dollar to wander in the studio twice a week for an hour. I'm going on a vacation. - Rick, don't do this to me ... Come on, I know you want be on Yeezus. - Not really. Now, if that's all, I guess ... - [loudly] NO! Stay in the line. I pay you like a hundred thousand grand! - I can't hear you Ye, the line is crispy ... - [desperately]Fire hundred grand! Fuck it, a million! - Now it's much better. What do you have right now? - [about to cry] A bunch of bullshit. I wanted to be revolutionary ... reform the game, you know. Even told that to my producers and ghost writers! And it's a whole fucking mess. - What do you mean? How does that sound like? - Like some EDM - dancehall crossover euro trash ... - Ouch. - ... with fucked up jazz / R&B samples ... - Damn. - ... combined uncontrolled screams, shout and random noises. - Uhhh ... - [starts crying] I even got Daft Punk on 3 songs! - [sounds of dropping the phone, running away, retching in the background] - [snuffle] Rick ... Rick, are you there? - Fuck you, Kanye. I vomited on my beard. All over it. - [in a begging voice] Rick .. are you willing to help? Save my ass and I'll be in debt with you forever! - [sigh] Aight. You got two weeks, 16 hour daily. Let me see what we can cook it up. Since we haven't produced shit in the past half decade, that won't be easy. But in exchange I want something else. - [cheerfully] Yes? Anything my friend, anything! - I can name your soon-to-be born child. - [silence for like 5 seconds] ... okay. - Bye then. [put down the phone]

  • Anonymous

    lol just like cruel summer right? ...same old tricks. the album was wack, just deal with that and move on.

  • Anonymous

    what is with this rubin dude? Why does he look homeless? I see him in the video with no socks on all on the couch, nasty ass look like he aint shower in days

  • yeaaahh

    Yeezus is dope to me! The production was nice and the lyrics are straight to the point. No one other than kanye has the balls to make something like this at the height of their popularity. He knew he could possibly lose fans because of ONE album, because people are stupid like that, and he made it anyway. I have more respect for an artist who makes what they want, than an artist who makes something just to please fans.

  • Anonymous

    Please Rick, No mas.

  • Anonymous

    Shook Ones (Part II) - Mobb Deep kills ever kanye song ever made

  • Anonymous

    kanye soft hardcore and underground where it at

  • Drake runs rap

    Kanye your time is up its drakes time now 1) Drake is the face of rap. If not list nsmes that are hotter than drake is right now all you haters can't. 2) Drake has the most number 1 hits in hiphop on billboards in only 4 years in the game. This is a fact look it up 3) Drakes tours are the highest grossing look it up if your in denial. 4) Every song drake drop gets the most views again look it up. 5) Drake is only 25 he is allready on legend status when drake enters his 40s he will be the most sucessfull. 6) Only hiphop nerds that live in their basement and get no pussy hate on drake all casual fans of music respect and like drake when they think of listening to hiphop they listen to drake All you haters claim i lie when i state facts instead of your shitty opinions drake runs rap its fact!

  • w h o k n o w s

    big kanye fan but this album was some bullshit... I'm an ecliptic music listener but this suk'd going outside the box after making a masterpiece (MBDTF) is cool but this wasn't executed right radiohead did kid a and amnesiac after ok computer and it made for some interesting music... yeezus is NOT kid a.. and the sequel will NOT be amnesiac so just stop get back to lyricism!!!!

    • Jake

      I agree that kanye is an artist but i dissagree that this album is creating a new sound or challenging hip hop or even sounds unorthodox. It sounds unothodox for a kanye album because he hasnt done it before... that doesnt mean it hasnt been done. It just means kanye is late. Similar thing happened with 808's. If anything, IMO, it is just solidifying the new genre of edm or whatever you wanna call it (sameway 808's solidified rap-singing autotune). I think the album sounds a lot like other works ive heard (mostsly from dj's) and because kanye threw some rap lyrics people want to say its new ( btw lupes mixtape friend of the people was him rapping over all deadmau5 etc and that came out years ago). But i dont think that makes it creative or good. I think Yeezus is groundbreaking in the same sense everyone thought 808's was groundbreaking which was its just a different sound from Kanye .....not a new or different sound for music. People think all the weird sounds etc are genuis but i think its just filler noises for what would be dead air because he couldnt finish the project how he wanted in time. Yeezus is easily his worst album.

    • ^really?

      if he is taking every popular sound at the moment then how come the sound is so unorthodox? yeah the beats use some electronic sounds and all that electronic shit is popular as hell, but that's the beauty of hip-hop. you can take sounds from other genres and remake the sound. Yeezus is groundbreaking. I honestly can't say it better than the dude 2 comments above me. Kanye is an artist and is challenging the conventions of hip hop

    • Jake

      Im a huge kanye fan but this is his worst album. Ppl are trying to say he's doing something different when all he's doing is taking every popular sound at the moment and making his version of popular music right now. Same thing he did with 808's. Nothing about this album is new.

    • Anonymous

      wow man you truly arn't a fan of kanye's if you seriously cant realize why he made this album an what he's trying to do.. it's the new wave bitch, theres only so much you can do with a diluted copy cat genre thats so out of touch now its not even funny.. hip hop should be about exploring new ideas, not rehashin what that dudes doin or puttin out a different version of what other dudes doin.. kill yourself haters,

    • Anonymous

      New slave is piece of art

  • Anonymous

    rick rubin looks like some child predator

  • HipHopDX Community Fags

    NO! WE AT DX DEMAND A NEW EMINEM ALBUM! WE LOVE EMINEM, EVEN THOUGH HIS LAST TWO ALBUMS ARE TRASH, WE'LL ALWAYS BEG FOR AN EMINEM ALBUM LIKE WE BEG FOR DICK! IN OUR EYES, KANYE MADE A BAD ALBUM, SO WE DON'T WANT A NEW KANYE ALBUM! BUT EMINEM DEFINITELY NEEDS TO PUT OUT A FOLLOW UP TO THE TWO ALBUMS THAT WERE LABELED AS "BUTT SHIT"!

  • SDK

    I've seen child blossom to man, some withered and turned to murderers Led astray by the liars death glorifiers observin us Watching us close, marking our toast ??? purposely overtaxin the earnings Nervous, burning down the churches They're scared of us, rather beware than dare to trust Always in jail, million dollar bail, left there to rust Let's call in order, give ourselves a chance to enhance broader Advance to where minorities are the majority voter Holdin my own, I'm livin alone in this cold world My sister just bought a home without a loan, you go girl! She's an exception, some people can leap to the impression See, me myself, I start flippin and fall victim to deep depression I'm stressin the issue here, so we can cross the fiscal year Tired of gettin fired and hired as a pistol-eer There's no longevity living off negativity Fuck it, I'd rather sell reefer than do pizza delivery That's how the city be, everybody gettin they hustle on Judge singin death penalty like it's his favorite fuckin song Word is bond, takin my life you know they lovin it God 'F' the government and it's fuckin capital punishment!

  • SDK

    I warned you, now all niggaz could do is mourn you I'm born to kill and still thrilled, I put it on you There's no regrets, remorse, only results and loneliness Only the strong survivors strive through life as warriors All of us die, some of us kill, even massacred Who wanna try? Punisher will if you ask for it I'm hazardous for your health and hell's your next stop For real my shit's cocked the world has just stopped... (pause) I'm not the one you should be underestimatin' Come test your fate an' I guarantee I'll be under investigation You can't handle the whole, I'll slam you on your skull Or we can go blow for blow like Evander and Bowe, ya never know However tho' I still hold the title When all my rivals the chance to dance who missed the homicidal Hand on the bible I swear to defend my crown I've been around since forever and never let it touch the ground Don't fuck around and catch a rude awakenin' My crew's basically waitin' patiently for you to move your patrons in Then we'll surround you, form Desert Storm and pound you Look around you, Terror Squad's everywhere like Soundview The Boogie Down do it like nobody, who are we? The foundation, you're facin' a whole army

  • Bobyahed2dis

    First off we all know santa ghost produced yeezus bc Kanye is an unorginal hack that pays people to do his work. Yeezus isnt even rap and should be classified as dubstep. Thereby making IANAHB2 the highest selling album of the year.

  • ha

    i know more white people than black people who like yeezus and thats not many.. matter of fact i dont know any black people that listened 2 yeezus in full. black people dont really fuck with kanye. his message might of been useful 100 years ago im not sure kanye knows its 2013 a niggas president.

  • YeezusJesus

    Kanye's the shit. His artistry is unmatched in the hip hop genre. These simple minded niggaz dont understand

  • Anonymous

    So the fact that the album ended on Bound 2 doesn't make you morons think that the second album will sound more like that? Oh wait, you don't because you guys don't know shit about rap. This site's community is connected to one white brain that loves to troll and talk shit about everything.

  • Anonymous

    this album made me sick too

  • L-dub

    no... plz god no. everybody heres the plan. Stop buying this monkeys album so hell just go away. and pray

  • Me

    Sorry you are so misunderstood, Yeezy. I think this album is absolute genius. If a second one comes out, bring it on!

  • Anonymous

    He's made some legendary music(Rubin)but I really wish he would go back to Def Jam and clean it up. There was a time seeing a Def Jam logo on music meant it had to be dope. Nowadays you take a chance.

  • Anonymous

    God I hope this dude is trolling...

  • yeezusseason

    It's Yeezus season bitches! Fuck whatever y'all been hearing

  • Young Kenyan

    Just asked my kid if he knew the guy in the picture he said i'ts "GUKA" thats SWAHILI for GRANDPA still laughin my ass off

  • Anonymous

    Well Rick looking at you i think we have found the new YEEZUS

  • Sam

    No thanks, we don't want more of that crap!!

    • Kanye West

      No, I insist you have some more... You haven't vomited, yet. That nature's way of applauding art. I need a thunder roar of vomit applause!

  • dentaldamboy

    Kayne West knows his album is flopping so he did the lazy way of just taking 10 more songs and slapping them together.

    • Anonymous

      That's a lie. Yeezus did not flop. Kanye recorded a lot of songs for Yeezus and there's a whole bunch of songs that didn't make the cut.

  • Anonymous

    yeezus 2: the shit sequel.

  • strike down kanye

    god should Jenni Rivera this chump and his family on their way to their house over seas

  • zxsss4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU

  • Anonymous

    I hope it will be better then what he just dropped! Checkout thegrandreport, they have some cool news and videos on there

  • HHDX #1#2#3

    Rick forgot to tell you the part where he called up all the producers he know and all the rappers he's cool with to produce and ghostwrite this garbage. Please no Yeezus 2.

  • zzzzs4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhkB95J5c9s

  • skippy

    HOPE NOT WACKEST MC EVER

  • Fresh 2 Def

    damn yeezy trying to jock weezus style. he saw how big IANAHB 2 was and wanted to milk off weezus teet! not cool kanye. Wayne been in this game longer and been dropping classics since '91. this is pathetic. ya bish? ya you bish. ya damn bish!!!!

  • Anonymous

    nooo, 1 shitty album is enough

  • Heaven

    Put in all that work, 15 hour days for a shitty lackluster album. Fuck a sequel, that should have been 16 tracks on its release not 10 tracks of weak lyrics and autotune croning.

  • Anonymous

    enough with these fucking sequels already

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