Rick Rubin has confirmed that he is working on new music with Kanye West.
Rubin made this announcement during a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, according to NME. “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 [through] Thursday) next week.”
According to the report, Rubin and West are gathering vocal ideas.
“Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album,” Rubin says.
Recently, Billboard published a report about a 2014 Kanye West album. In the report, Rubin was named among many acts set to contribute to the effort. Mike WiLL Made-It, Q-Tip, French Montana, Young Chop, Young Thug, James Blake, DJ Mustard and Tyga were also mentioned.
West’s last offering was critically acclaimed by some. For instance, HipHopDX awarded Yeezus with a 4.5 out of 5 in its review. However, it was criticized by many, also. 50 Cent, for example, said the following of the project. “It doesn’t feel like Hip-Hop to me,” he said. “It feels like a fusion of something else, like a weird combination of dance music sounds and stuff. It’s just him being an artist, you don’t have to agree with everything an artist does.