Clipse and Rick Rubin collaboration underway

Rick Rubin

If you were to get a running list going of some of the most influential albums of the last two decades, odds are that you'll find Rick Rubin's name in the liner notes more than a few times. And while Rubin has only dipped his toes into hip-hop, his pedigree in that department is damn near unimpeachable too: Run DMC, LL Cool J and Jay-Z have all benefited from his skill in the booth and ear for tuneful hooks. Well, get ready to add two more names to that list: Malice and Pusha T of Clipse have invited Rubin to their Malibu studio to work on some tracks for their third album, Til the Casket Drops.

According to EW , Rubin has already wrapped one track and planning for one or two more. Casket, meanwhile, is still slated for a to-be-determined Summer release. First single "Kinda Like a Big Deal" drops March 9, and it's already stirring Internet buzz for its one-two punch of producer DJ Khalil and featured artist Kanye West. If what we've seen so far is any indication, we're in for another round of word-twisting rap and minimalist Neptunes beats. And now the dude who produced "99 Problems" is on board. Awesome.

Related links:
Review: Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury
Time: Rick Rubin: Hit Man
MTV: What's up with that bearded guy in the "99 Problems" video?

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