Kanye West is working with a bevy of talent to complete his next project, the still-untitled follow-up to 808s & Heartbreak. Racking up studio time with him are producers RZA, No ID, Pete Rock and DJ Toomp and artists like Clipse's Pusha T, Nicki Minaj, Consequence and Kid Cudi. And according to Rick Ross, who holed up in the lab with 'Ye for his Teflon Don track "Live Fast, Die Young," the experience was what he imagined it must have been like to watch another famous producer cook up a classic, namely, Dr. Dre.
"It's like everybody is a student: You walk into a session and it's all about the subject at hand," Ross told MTV News during his appearance on the first episode of "RapFix Live."
"I was just like, Wow. I listened to [Kanye's] beats, and we working on what I'm doing, but then he's in another room cooking up something ... and just the intensity that you have to have to create albums that are gonna stand the test of time for years. He's such a great producer himself, and to have a Pete Rock over your shoulder just working on a particular sound and DJ Toomp, No ID, and Nicki Minaj, I see what's going on. It's The Chronic all over. That's exactly what I said when I walked into the room: This is The Chronic, this is how it had to be."
Earlier this year, 'Ye teased his fans with the first offering from his forthcoming album, the energetic "Power." Since then, he's yet to release any of his own material but he appeared alongside Ross on "Life Fast," which he also produced. And the Chicago MC recently shot a video for "Power" in New York, but at press time, there was no word on plans for its premiere or his album's potential release date.
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