Mike Dean, longtime hip-hop producer and frequent collaborator of Kanye West and Jay-Z, spoke today with Huffpost Live. He offered a few details on the creative process behind West’s forthcoming album, Yeezus, revealing that he’s been working on it for the last six months. Dean described Kanye as a “couch producer,” who brings together a team of all-star producers. Multiple producers contribute ideas for each song, after which Kanye picks his favorites.
“It’s sort of a checks and balances for both of us,” Dean said of his sessions with Kanye. “We have a dozen people working with us in the studio, we all do quality control. It’s the most intense production project you’ll ever see… It’s so many A-List people who would never work together unless Kanye put them together.”
Dean revealed that Kanye is still working on the album as of today; however, it will indeed be released on June 18th. Dean said the material is “not an extension of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It’s a new work of art.”
Also on the horizon: a sequel to Kanye and Jay-Z’s collaborative album, Watch the Throne. In fact, Dean said he spoke about the project with Jay-Z just last week.
Watch the full interview below.