When Kanye West first brought Yeezus over to Rick Rubin — two weeks before it was due at Def Jam, ’Ye had planned for the LP to have more than the 10 tracks that made the final cut. So what of the leftover material? A Yeezus 2 perhaps?
“Might be,” answered Rick Rubin when he was asked by TheDailyBeast.com, in an article that was published on Wednesday.
“Initially, he thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album. 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,'” the master record producer recalled of Kanye’s initial plans.
Rather than add to the record, Rubin began stripping away layers, keeping up with West’s minimalist vision for the album. Even with that vision in place, there were a number of Yeezus tracks that didn’t have lyrics, making Rubin’s job even harder. Especially with Kanye’s jam-packed schedule, which included a trip to Milan and girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s baby shower. “There are probably five songs that still need vocals at this point. Two still need words! So he says, ’I have to go to this baby shower before I go to Milan. I’ll be back at 4 p.m., and from 4 to 6 I’ll do the vocals. Then I have to go’,” Rubin reminisced on the conversation. “I say, ’OK,’ thinking it’s not OK, and he says, ’Don’t worry. I’ll score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter.'”
All of Rubin’s efforts paid off and West scored again on Wednesday after Yeezus officially nabbed the #1 spot on Billboard’s album charts with over 325,000 copies sold.