Could “Yeezus, The Sequel” be on the way?
“Maybe so,” Rick Rubin told The Daily Beast. The producer was brought in at the last minute to tighten up Kanye West”s new album, which tops the Billboard 200 this week.
Rubin spent two weeks on the album, working 15-hour days, in an effort to get the LP in shape as the deadline loomed. “To me it seemed impossible what he was asking,” Rubin said. “I panicked the whole time.”
One of the first decisions was to cut the 16 songs down to 10, leading to the possibility of releasing a second half, similar to how Justin Timberlake will release a second volume of music for “The 20/20 Experience” this fall.
Rubin says he spent most of his time stripping away from the tracks, instead of building them up. West”s direction was “instead of adding stuff, try taking stuff away.”