Kendrick Lamar Talks Eminem's Influence, Unreleased Songs With Rick Rubin
Kendrick Lamar doesn't do too many interviews, but his latest GQ piece isn't just any interview. For the Style section, Kendrick had a conversation with legendary producer Rick Rubin, who had some great questions for the rapper about his creative process, whether or not he could make an album without rapping, and his early influences.You can read the whole interview on GQ. Highlights from the conversation can be found below.
Big Sean Brought Jay Z & Rick Rubin In For Feedback On His New Album
We know that Rick Rubin was brought in at the 11th hour of Kanye West's Yeezus sessions, and it looks like Big Sean has taken a tip from his GOOD Music mentor, requesting the ear of both Rubin and Jay Z while putting the finishing touches on his fourth studio album.
Russell Simmons: If Beastie Boys Had Stayed At Def Jam, They'd Be "Eminem Or Bigger"
At one point in time, Beastie Boys were signed to Def Jam Records. The seminal NYC group met then-NYU student Rick Rubin when they asked him to DJ their shows. Soon after, Rubin began producing records and founded Def Jam Records with another NYU student: Russell Simmons. Trio recorded and released Licensed to Ill on the newly founded label, and ended up selling over 10 million copies of the record. However, the Beastie Boys left the label after the release, a surprising move after so much success.
GoldLink Is On A Mission To Make You Dance
Who/what is GoldLink? This is the question that led me, one evening earlier this year, to trek through sleet and bitter wind to MoMA PS1 in Queens, where GoldLink was performing in the giant geodesic igloo that stands in PS1’s courtyard. Like most of my fellow concert-goers, I had no idea what GoldLink looked like, or where he was from. Unlike most of his peers, GoldLink's social media presence was minimal.
Justin Bieber Reveals Title & Release Date For Next Album
This isn't exactly hip-hop, but as the Biebs has been spotted partying with just about every rapper out there, and as his new single, "What Do You Mean," generated some decent buzz on the site, we thought it right to share with you the newly revealed title of Bieber's upcoming album, Purpose, as well as its release date, November 13.
Easy Mac With The Cheesy Raps: The Many Faces/Phases Of Mac Miller
Across the span of just a couple years, 23 year-old Mac Miller (born Malcolm McCormick) has come a long way. From the original “Easy Mac” rapper, to his acceptance and popularity into mainstream rap, Mac Miller has climbed through the dark tunnels of fame and excess, still intact enough to share his stories with the world.
Montana Of 300 Working With Kanye West, In Bidding War With 3 Major Labels
Chicago rapper Montana of 300 has big plans for the near future, as he just posted a video on Facebook of himself at Kanye West's house, where he was also joined by Def Jam co-founder, and current co-president of Columbia Records, Rick Rubin. When Montana shared the video, he implied that a collaboration with Kanye is on the way. Montana of 300 x Kanye West #ComingSoon #FGEshit
Frank Ocean Uploads Mysterious Empty Playlist To SoundCloud
Is your SoundCloud popping? If you think it is, here's a test: upload a blank, empty playlist and see how much love it gets. If you're Frank Ocean, it'll rack up around 5,000 likes in 13 hours. Yesterday, the Channel Orange singer created an empty playlist called "states" on his account, and although shared with no details or actual media, the amount of likes it's gotten is a testament to how much we're all anticipating new music from him.
Justin Bieber's Next Album Will Have Production From Kanye West & Rick Rubin
Justin Bieber recently got roasted last night by Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, and even Martha Stewart. Judging from a recent interview with USA Today, though, the 21-year-old from London, Ontario, might be having the last laugh.
Rick Rubin Annotates His Biggest Hits on Genius
Seven-time Grammy award winning producer and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin has worked with more rap legends than possibly any other producer, and his credentials extend to rock, pop, heavy metal, and just about every other genre that has found a place in mainstream music. Rubin has now created an account on Genius and provided us with first-hand annotations and the stories behind some of his biggest hits.
Classic Rotation: Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill"
Rap’s early origins, if we are being historically correct, were partially nurtured by punk and new wave, coming out of rebellious Manhattan kids (and those influenced by the music coming out of the area). With respect to Run DMC, rap and rock’s symbiosis started with icons like Afrika Bambaataa, Fab 5 Freddy, and Blondie, who would saunter out the first rap verse, on MTV, for suburbanite consumption.
Rick Rubin Confirms He's Working On Kanye West's "Yeezus" Follow-Up
As the widely-known Yeezus creation story goes, Kanye West called in legendary producer/Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin to make some clutch edits to the album just a few weeks away from its release. Now Rubin's chimed in that he's working on West's new album, saying that they are currently "looking at vocal ideas" for the project. Maybe it's crunch time again, and Yeezus' successor is now just weeks away from release?
Chris Rock Gave Jay Z The Idea For The "99 Problems" Hook
It's no secret that the hook to Jay Z's "99 Problems" was lifted from an Ice-T song, but a lesser known fact is that it was actually Chris Rock who suggested the concept to Jay. Rick Rubin, who supplied the powerfully minimal beat for the track revealed the strange story in
Q-Tip Says He's Producing Kanye West's New Album With Rick Rubin
Q-Tip and Kanye West have always hinted at doing some big things together, but it's never quite worked out.
Eminem Talks On "Bad Guy" Following Up "Stan," Connecting With Rick Rubin & More
Eminem's new album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, may not have been what everyone expected. It definitely was not an obvious reminder of its namesake, the first Marshall Mathers LP, but as Eminem explains in his interview with Zane Lowe, he was going more for a "subliminally nostalgic" record-- not just a "blatant throwback." Was he successful?
Rick Rubin Speaks On Producing "Love Game," Says It's "Supposed To Sound A Little Wrong"
One of the most anticipated tracks off Eminem's MMLPII was the Kendrick Lamar collaboration titled "Love Game." When the album leaked, and thus the track as well, fans were surprised at the concept record, which was in no way a scathing hip-hop record that we expected, but a very quirky song actually about love.
Eminem Speaks On "MMLPII," Says It's "Not Necessarily A Sequel"
It's safe to say all of the rap world is excited for Eminem to release the follow-up to his 2000 effort The Marshall Mathers LP. Eminem has been quiet for three years, following the release of Recovery, and now he's back with a vengeance, if you've heard "Rap God," you know.
Rick Rubin Breaks Down The Creation Of Eminem's "Berzerk" Single
Veteran record producer Rick Rubin, who's responsible for Eminem's new 'Berzerk' single, opened up about it during a recent interview conducted at the video shoot for the track.
Rick Rubin Hints At Possible Sequel To Kanye West's "Yeezus"
There were a lot of people involved in the making of Yeezus, so it seems we learn something new about the project from each contributor. We've already heard quite a bit from both Kanye West, and Mike Dean, and now emergency producer Rick Rubin has shared some insight on the album.
Rick Rubin Speaks On Recording Process With Kanye West For "Yeezus"
As we approach the day that Kanye West's Yeezus album hits stores, Yeezy Season is officially in the full swing.