Corey Taylor Calls Producer Rick Rubin ‘Overrated’
Rick Rubin has a reputation for being one of the most ingenious record producers on the planet, that is until Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor spilled the beans.
Corey Taylor is no stranger to working with producer Rick Rubin. He helped with Slipknot's Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses), and using the word help may be a little too much. While Taylor was out on his solo acoustic tour he takes questions from the audiences and one person asked him what it was like working with Rick Rubin. Taylor said that he could go with a sort of cookie cutter answer like working with Rick was great, but this is how Taylor laid it down.
Rick Rubin showed up for 45 minutes a week. Yeah. Rick Rubin would then, during that 45 minutes, lay on a couch, have a mic brought in next to his face so he wouldn't have to fucking move. I swear to God. And then he would be, like, 'Play it for me.' The engineer would play it. And he had shades on the whole time. Never mind the fact that there is no sun in the room, it's all dark. I respect what Rick Rubin has done, I respect the work that he has done in the past to get to where he is now. But… this is a huge but… this is a J.Lo-sized 'but" I will say this; The Rick Rubin of today is a thin, thin, thin shadow of the Rick Rubin that he was. He is overrated, he is overpaid, and I will never work with him again as long as I fucking live.
Now that's some perspective for you. That is just an excerpt of Taylor's Rubin rant, but it really sheds a different light on this "musical genius". Corey Taylor has never beaten around the bush or sugar coated anything, so you can take much of what he says pretty serious. Perhaps Rubin is only cut out to work with musicians that aren't willing to put in as much time in, in the studios. Watch the video for Taylor complete answer.