He may not always look the part with that trademark wild beard of his, but Rick Rubin is nothing short of a genius. Over his lengthy career, the megastar producer has worked on albums by Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Johnny Cash, Adele, Kanye West, Weezer, Slayer, and countless other big name acts. So it’s no surprise that he has a lot of interesting and insightful things to say about the work of these artists and others. Recently, he (fittingly) created a profile on the lyric annotation site Genius and commented on a number of tracks by some of the artists above and some he hasn’t even worked with, like Vampire Weekend, Hozier, and Beck.
Below, read some selected highlights, which include revelations about some of Kanye, Jay Z, and Beasties Boys’ biggest hits.
On “Bound 2” by Kanye West:
Something we talked about with Kanye was doing an alternate version of Yeezus, because there are so many…
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