The Next Kanye West Album Will Be Produced by Q-Tip and Rick Rubin, Says Q-Tip

“I’m producing Kanye’s new album with Rick Rubin…That’s coming up,” Q-Tip told Elliott Wilson in a newly released interview filmed last month at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where A Tribe Called Quest opened for West. (Q-Tip also said his fourth solo album, called The Last Zulu and originally announced in 2012, remains in the works.)

Back in June, last-minute Yeezus producer Rick Rubin hinted at a surplus of Kanye songs in an interview with Newsweek. “Initially, [Kanye] thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album,” Rubin said. “But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, ‘Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.”

Q-Tip worked on Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii, a “music by committee” experience he talked about with Complex in 2010. This summer, during a lecture at the New York Red Bull Music Academy, Q-Tip played a previously unheard rendition of Kanye track “Mama’s Boyfriend,” originally performed by Kanye at Facebook headquarters in 2011.

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  2. Jack Dutton says:

    Both Rubin and Tip are great producers, though I don’t really like what Rubin did with ‘Yeezus’. Why does Kanye produced less and less of his own records nowadays? He barely produced anything on WTT and Cruel Summer, and both albums weren’t nearly as good as his older stuff. He should get back to producing beats himself, rather than relying on loads of other people to play the main role.