Rick Rubin annotates songs from Kanye West, James Blake, Dr. Dre and more on Genius

The legendary hitmaker took to Genius to annotate some of his most famous productions and favourite songs.

Ambitious community-annotated lyric site Genius (formerly Rap Genius) recently announced plans for expansion, hiring former New Yorker pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones as an executive editor in the process. The platform now has another esteemed name amongst its ranks – legendary producer Rick Rubin today signed up for a Genius account.

Rubin took to Genius to annotate some of the classics he’s worked on in the past, including tracks by Kanye West, Dr. Dre, the Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Slayer, LL Cool J, and Jay Z. The Def Jam founder also annotated some works he was simply a fan of, including D’Angelo’s ‘Playa Playa’, Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele intro and James Blake’s ‘Retrograde’.

Of ‘Retrograde’, Rubin said: “There are so many records now where it’s about really, really heavy sub-bass, maybe a hi-hat, and just a voice. I think a lot of it is the James Blake influence. I feel like he’s really influenced everybody a lot. I know in the artist community everybody loves Blake. James Blake is spectacular, I love him all the time. Live, he’s even better than on record.”

You can read all of the annotations here. [via Complex]



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