Corey describes fury after experience with producer Rick, calling him “overrated, overpaid, and I will never work with him again”
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has slammed Rick Rubin as “overrated” and “overpaid” and says he’ll never work with the producer again.
They collaborated on Slipknot’s 2004 album Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) and although other members of the band have said it was a good experience, Taylor had always been more cautious in his comments.
Speaking at a question-answer session with fans in Texas on Friday, the singer finally let loose his full feelings on the subject of Rubin, known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer, Metallica and the upcoming Black Sabbath reunion album.
Taylor said: “There are some people who would love for me to toe the party line, which is basically, ‘Working with Rick Rubin was a very enriching experience.’
“Let me give you the fucking truth of it: Rick Rubin showed up for 45 minutes a week. Rick Rubin would then, during that 45 minutes, lay on a couch and have a mic brought in next to face so he wouldn’t have to move.
“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 there was no sun in the room. You just look like an asshole at that point.
“He would stroke his huge beard and try and get as much food out of it as he could. He would go, ‘Play it again,’ then he’d be like, ‘Stop – do that over.’
“He had an assistant who was seven feet tall. He basically ran Rick Rubin’s life. 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 and smelled like someone had just plunged a fucking toilet somewhere. He would eat it as fast as he could, just get it in there, all over himself. Which, when you’re working, is so wonderful to look at.”
Taylor said he still respects the producer’s body of past work but added: “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.”