Famed superproducer Rick Rubin recently spoke to XXL about Jay-Z's upcoming album,Magna Carta Holy Grail and revealed that he enjoyed the project, but that it was very different from what he's just done with Kanye West on West's new album Yeezus.
“I liked what I heard, but it was a little difficult—after just coming from the Kanye sessions—to listen to Jay’s album, because they’re so different. I was in a very alternative and progressive headspace, and Jay’s record is a more traditional hip-hop record,” Rubin revealed.
He also shared that he isn't actually a producer on Jay's album, and explained why he was featured in a Samsung commercial promoting the project.
“The point of me being in the commercials was that he was filming a documentary and he asked me—I imagine he’s just comfortable talking to me—to come listen to the songs with him and just talk about the songs," Rubin said. "Just listen to it and talk about it, and that’s what we did. It was fun.”