Dear Rick Rubin

I’m a hip-hop head, but first and foremost I’m a music dude. Always have been, always will be. It’s part of my DNA. And as all music heads, there’s only four words we really trust: “Produced by Rick Rubin.” Yes Dr. Dre is the man, Rza, Dilla, Kanye, Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Mannie, Preemo, Pete Rock, they’re are all amazing and we love them all too, but I’m sorry; their impact, power, influence and legacy do not compare to The Double R just yet. The man is a just one big, hairy, mystical wizard when it comes to this music shit.

Here’s the thing Rick, we miss you. We miss you very much. I know you left us cause you weren’t as excited anymore. That’s cool, as music lovers we understand. A little Blood Sugar Sex Magik, a little Californication, some Danzig and Johnny Cash…we get it.

But I think we all know, its time to come full circle. Please don’t take this the wrong way; we appreciate “99 Problems,” and forgive you for this, but it’s just not enough. Come on, I know you’re getting tired of the Dixie Chicks. I think you owe us just one more rap album with your stamp of approval; just one. Please.

Don’t get me wrong, another song would be dope, but how great would it be to be a part of one more hip-hop classic. I’m not even asking you to press any buttons. All we want is your ear and some guidance, like you do with all the other guys.

I have a couple of suggestions, just hear me out…

Lil Wayne, you heard about him and this rock and roll kick right? I think he needs your help; I trust that you can show him the way. How bout Mos Def? He’s ill right, ya’ll seem like you would vibe. Imagine if you put him in the right direction and cleared up his scatterbrain a lil bit. Cee-Lo Green; he’s got some voice right; talented cat. I’d love to see you two do something crazy in the studio (you know about pause). How bout Eminem; you might be the guy to get those true, honest emotions out of him so he could finally leave Christopher Reeves and the Octomom alone already.

What about Rakim? He could be your hip-hop Johnny Cash. I mean think about it, they are/were both these revered, mythic, religious characters. Granted Ra never really fell off like The Man in Black, but he might as well have. Think of the whole back story that could create.

Forgive me, I’m only thinking out loud Rick. But please, mull that around a lil. Could be a good look for all parties involved…

Jesse Gissen

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  • steezolini

    word the fuck up.come back to rap, rick, we need you, son…

    oh, yeah.first.

  • sb

    jesse i cosign this one!! that would be hot, he is in my top 5 music producers of all time..especially eminem..yeah i can hear that

  • sb

    he’ll bring out that raw grit….

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Cee-Lo Green? I was co-signing everything until you said Cee-Lo Green. Cee-Lo has the worst voice in Hip Hop right next to Jim Jones’ doo-doo flow. I put his shit on and black out, coming-to a few hours later sitting up in a tree eating acorns. He is indisputably the ONLY person who would make a Preemo or Pete Rock joint unbearable. Cee-Lo gets a lot of props, but for reasons lost on me…and am I the only one who feels he was out of place in Goodie Mob?

    “I think you’re crazy…” Ugh.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • sb

      the boy cee lo can sing his ass off..maybe he meant that? not as an mc?

  • GO-Getta’

    Adam with his 2 sons Cain & Abel!(lol)

  • rek

    wow random as fuck but i definitely agree HAHA

    only thing i gotta say is… i never knew bout that rick rubin version of the classic song and that shit is FIYAH!! am i crazy?

  • Jamal7Mile

    I’d like to see Rick and Rakim do an album together (what’s up with Eric B. and Rakim???). Would’ve been nice if they included Rakim’s verse in that “Classic” track – what’s up with that? More bad blood? Someone help me out.

  • El Tico Loco

    Forget all the producing, Rick needs to go back to running Def Jam.

  • beaver

    da eminem thing i would love 2 hear..

  • Lowedwn

    Co-sign the whole sentiment behind this post. And i think you done started something, because I think a Mos Def x Cee-Lo Green album produced by Rick Rubin would be the shit, I seriously can’t even begin to imagine the sonic nature of beast like that. And Ra x RR collabo album would just be too damn sick.

  • Igor

    Son, are you for real? Rakim fell off waaaaaaaaaaaay the fuck further than Johnny Cash ever did. JC had a few low spots commercially but he never went THAT long without a great record or five.

    Rakim has done what, precisely, in 15 years?

    Rakim has dropped how many verses in that time that can compare to ANYTHING he did with Eric B?

    Let Rakim go, he’s been over for longer than half your readers been alive. He had his run and whether it’s the drugs or mental illness or just being scared to TRY, Ra is done.

    • El Tico Loco

      Rakim don’t have to do anything else he has your favorite rapper’s respect and that favorite rapper probably has bit at least one line or try flip a verse’s cadence into their own lyrics(Joell, Wayne, Jigga, GFK, AZ). Is hard to get legendary status without dying and he pretty much pulled it off sorta like RR. Falling off was just not a good choice of words by Jesse for the point he was trying to make. You only fall off when you still trying your hardest to stay relevant and it ain’t working.

  • latino heat

    drugs and mental illness? never heard those rumors about Rakim.

    didn’t they say when the Clipse 1st signed with Sony that RR was gonna executive produce this album?

  • capcobra

    can you write a letter to the bomb squad?..i’d prefer them over rick rubin.

  • Douglas Bray

    Johnny Cash never fell of (the movie wasn’t real life)

    I agree with the rest

    Can’t believe Rubin gave a beat 2 Jim fukin Jones + blanked the Clipse

    makes no sense 2 me

  • tensensi

    Lovin’ this drop! However, don’t sleep on:

    Saul Williams: Amethyst Rock Star
    Any System of a Down album
    THE Mars Volta (De-Loused is one of the best albums of all time. Any “music lover” would appreciate it).


    nah cee-lo needs no help at all

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  • ChRi$

    “I know you left us cause you weren’t as excited anymore.”

    shiittt who would belame him??

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