Rick Rubin has been heavily featured in the Samsung-funded commercials for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, leading many to believe that he was involved in production of the album. However, as Rubin recently told XXL, that is not, in fact, true.
“The point of me being in the commercials was that he was filming a documentary and he asked meI imagine hes just comfortable talking to meto come listen to the songs with him and just talk about the songs,” Rubin explained. “Just listen to it and talk about it, and thats what we did. It was fun.
Rubin, who served as executive producer for Kanye West’s new album Yeezus, told XXL that the two albums are “so different,” describing Jay-Z’s as a “more traditional hip-hop record.” He explained, “I liked what I heard, but it was a little difficultafter just coming from the Kanye sessionsto listen to Jays album, because theyre so different. I was in a very alternative and progressive headspace, and Jays record is a more traditional hip-hop record.
The star-studded album, which definitely contributions from Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Frank Ocean, and more, will be available through Samsung devices on July 4th. It will then receive a wide release on July 8th. Pre-orders are ongoing.
Magna Carta Holy Grail Tracklist:
01. Picasso Baby
04. Tom Ford
05. Beach Is Better
07. Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean)
09. Part II (On The Run) (feat. Beyoncé)
10. BBC (feat. Nas, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Timbaland, and Swizz Beats)
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
14. Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
15. Open Letter