Rick Rubin speaks on Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Posted Jul 1, 2013 by Layne Weiss
In just a few days, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z will be releasing his much anticipated album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail." XXL Mag recently caught up with record producer and Def Jam Recordings co-founder Rick Rubin to discuss the album and the commercials.
Producer and Def Jams co-founder Rick Rubin  L  with a fan
Producer and Def Jams co-founder Rick Rubin, L, with a fan
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"The point of me being in the commercials was that he was a filming a documentary and he asked me — I imagine he's just comfortable talking to me — to come listen to the songs and just talk about the songs. Just listen to it and talk about it, and that's what we did. It was fun," Rubin told XXL Mag. He went onto say that at first, while he liked what he had heard, he found it difficult jumping from Kanye's sessions with 'Yeezus' to listening to Jay-Z's new album because they're so different. "I was in a very different alternative and progressive headspace, and Jay's record is a more traditional hip-hop record."
Rick Rubin and Jay-Z have worked together since 2004's 99 Problems, the Huff Post reports.
On July 8, Jay-Z will perform atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater in Times Square.