"I got a pretty good comfort zone: made all my records in Detroit, right by my house, and it's worked out pretty well so far. And to be pulled out of there, and go to L.A., and record this whole record there with these phenomenal musicians in a studio [was different]. I'd play the song on acoustic guitar, we'd chart it out, we'd sit in a room as a band, play it three, four times, listen back, come out, play it three, four more times — done. We got the record recorded in two weeks. I didn't know what to do with my free time. I didn't get a lot of positive things done in that off time."
-Genre-bending rocker Kid Rock, commenting on the process he went through to record his forthcoming album Born Free. For his 10th full-length LP, Rock drafted super-producer Rick Rubin to coax the album into existence, and not only did Rubin introduce a new process but also a whole new city. "[Rubin] kinda pulls out of the artists he works with. He has this vision of where he thinks you might be heading, or want to head, and really pulls that out of you and keeps you focused on that," Rock told MTV News' Tim Kash. "And, for me, he kind of took me out of my element, which was a little bit weird."
The first single from Born Free (which is scheduled to hit store shelves on November 16) is the title track, which Rock feels is already being misinterpreted. "I think that song already has kinda gotten a little bit construed that it's just this big, patriotic American song, which it is in its own right, but it first came to mind to write something like this when I was on one of my trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, playing for our soldiers," he said. "I started to just think about no matter where somebody was born in this world, how lucky you are just by the grace of God to be born free."