As the days leading up to Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail begin to wither way, the Brooklyn rapper has remained relatively tight-lipped about the project although he has continued to treat fans to an occasional lyric sheet from the project. Thankfully, producer Rick Rubin, who is noticeably present in Samsung’s ads for Magna Carta Holy Grail, has offered up his thoughts on the project.

During an exclusive interview with, Rubin referred to Magna Carta Holy Grail as a “traditional Hip Hop record” and commented on the album being far different than Kanye West’s newly-released sixth studio album, Yeezus.

“I liked what I heard, but it was a little difficult—after just coming from the Kanye sessions—to listen to Jay’s album, because they’re so different. I was in a very alternative and progressive headspace, and Jay’s record is a more traditional hip-hop record,” Rubin revealed.

Rubin also clarified the reason behind his presence in Samsung’s Magna Carta Holy Grail commercials. According to the Def Jam co-founder, who did not lend his production talents to Jay-Z’s 12th studio album, he was present for the filming of a documentary.

“The point of me being in the commercials was that he was filming a documentary and he asked me—I imagine he’s just comfortable talking to me—to come listen to the songs with him and just talk about the songs. Just listen to it and talk about it, and that’s what we did. It was fun.”

Magna Carta Holy Grail will be released exclusively to Samsung users on July 4 and will be made available for purchase on July 7.

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