Are you prepared for the second coming of Yeezus?
Rick Rubin, executive producer of Kanye West’s recent sixth studio album, detailed his involvement on West’s latest effort in an interview with The Daily Beast. Although the interview shed some light on their process, the most interesting bit was that more material from these sessions might see the light of day.
In the interview, the legendary producer explained that Yeezus was initially set to be much longer, but he convinced West to cut it down to the 40-minute, 10-track album that it is now.
“I said, ‘Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half,”’ Rubin said. “That was one of the first breakthroughs. Kanye was like, ‘That’s what I came here today to hear! It could be 10 songs!’” When asked if there might be a Yeezus 2, Rubin simply said “might be.”
Rubin also talked about the stress of mastering the mostly unfinished album in 16 days, saying he became physically ill at one point.
“We ended up working probably 15 days, 16 days, long hours, no days off, 15 hours a day,” he said. “I was panicked the whole time.”
His hard work looks to have paid off. Yesterday Nielson SoundScan revealed that Yeezus had sold over 300,000 copies in its first week, giving West his sixth No. 1 debut of his career.