Corey Taylor Thinks Rick Rubin Is “Overrated and Overpaid”

Corey-Taylor 2011

Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is currently on his US solo tour, An Evening With Corey Taylor, to promote the release of his book Seven Deadly Sins. At his stop in Dallas, TX the singer was fired some questions about legendary producer Rick Rubin, which Taylor felt the need to be completely honest about. The honesty revealing that he absolutely hated working with Rubin.

Rubin has produced many legendary albums such as: Slayer’s Reign In Blood, Jay-Z’s Black Album and Johnny Cash’s American series, to name a few.

The entire statement can be read below.

“That’s a dangerous, dangerous question. . . Now, there are some people who would love for me to just be [politically correct] and toe the party line, which is, basically, [to say] ‘You know, working with Rick Rubin was a very enriching experience. He is truly a great mind. . .’ Let me give you the fucking truth of it. 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. You just look like an asshole at that point. And he would just stroke his huge beard and try and get as much food out of it as he could. And he would go, ‘Play it again.’ And then he’d be, like, ‘Stop! Do that over.’ And he had an assistant who was seven feet tall. He had that disease where you can’t grow hair on your body, so he was just bald. He looked like Mr. Clean’s neurotic cousin. But he basically ran Rick Rubin’s life — like, he was just fucking on it, on it, on it, on it. About half way through our precious 45 minutes, he would bring in this plate of shit. I assume it was food. It was bluish green. It smelled like someone had just plunged a fucking toilet somewhere. And he would eat it as fast as he could — just get it in there, all over himself. Which is, when you’re working, so wonderful to look at . . . I will say this: 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.”

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