Rick Rubin News

Big Sean Brought Jay Z & Rick Rubin In For Feedback On His New Album
Big Sean Brought Jay Z & Rick Rubin In For Feedback On His New Album Aug 28, 2016 at 12:58pm
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"
Russell Simmons: If Beastie Boys Had Stayed At Def Jam, They'd Be "Eminem Or Bigger" May 9, 2016 at 12:51pm
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
GoldLink Is On A Mission To Make You Dance Dec 7, 2015 at 01:47pm
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
Justin Bieber Reveals Title & Release Date For Next Album Oct 2, 2015 at 06:28pm
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
Easy Mac With The Cheesy Raps: The Many Faces/Phases Of Mac Miller Sep 25, 2015 at 03:50pm
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
Montana Of 300 Working With Kanye West, In Bidding War With 3 Major Labels Sep 5, 2015 at 10:21pm
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
Frank Ocean Uploads Mysterious Empty Playlist To SoundCloud May 27, 2015 at 09:55am
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. 
Rick Rubin Annotates His Biggest Hits on Genius
Rick Rubin Annotates His Biggest Hits on Genius Feb 3, 2015 at 05:34pm
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"
Classic Rotation: Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill" Nov 15, 2014 at 11:14pm
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
Rick Rubin Confirms He's Working On Kanye West's "Yeezus" Follow-Up Jun 14, 2014 at 06:55pm
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
Chris Rock Gave Jay Z The Idea For The "99 Problems" Hook Mar 24, 2014 at 08:16pm
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
Eminem Talks On "Bad Guy" Following Up "Stan," Connecting With Rick Rubin & More
Eminem Talks On "Bad Guy" Following Up "Stan," Connecting With Rick Rubin & More Nov 18, 2013 at 05:30pm
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? 
Eminem Speaks On "MMLPII," Says It's "Not Necessarily A Sequel"
Eminem Speaks On "MMLPII," Says It's "Not Necessarily A Sequel" Oct 23, 2013 at 01:29pm
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 Hints At Possible Sequel To Kanye West's "Yeezus"
Rick Rubin Hints At Possible Sequel To Kanye West's "Yeezus" Jun 26, 2013 at 05:42pm
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.