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By now, you’ve probably seen Rick Rubin lying there on the couch in those Samsung commercials for the new Jay-Z album, and it makes you think he must have had some part on the album. Actually, he didn’t. More from an interview with XXL:

When we recently caught up with Rick over the phone, he explained: “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. Just listen to it and talk about it, and that’s what we did. It was fun.” He went on to divulge what he initially thought of Magna Carta, saying, “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.”

That’s kind of weird, but we get, Jigga.



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