Rick Rubin Does Nothing and Everything at Once

What kills you is how casually he says it. “I’m thinkin’ maybe we start a cappella,” muses superproducer Rick Rubin, hair disheveled, beard resplendent, aura immaculate. He is addressing Jay-Z, who is, as it happens, getting his mustache trimmed. This is documentary studio footage for Jay’s 2003 opus The Black Album. See if you can guess what song they’re talking about. Yep, you guessed it. Rubin traces the air with one finger, non-rapper-style, as he raps the words…


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