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Rick Rubin  

Grammy Award-Winning Legendary Music Producer & Founder of Def Jam Records

Rick Rubin is a record executive and record producer who co-founded Def Jam Recordings and later initiated American Recordings. He has significantly contributed to the popularization of hip hop, producing records for well-known acts such as the Beastie Boys, Geto Boys, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, and LL Cool J. His influence, however, is not confined to hip-hop. Rubin has produced hit records for acts from a variety of genres, including heavy metal, alternative rock, hard rock, nu-metal, and country.

Renowned for his work, Rubin was labeled "the most important producer of the last 20 years" by MTV in 2007, and was listed on Time's compilation of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." He played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Beastie Boys from punk to rap and produced the collaboration between Run-DMC and Aerosmith on "Walk This Way." His array of collaborations also extends to Slayer on their album "Reign in Blood," the Cult's album "Electric," and Johnny Cash's "American Recordings" album which revived Cash's career. His notable work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers comprises six studio albums, and he also produced Mick Jagger's "Wandering Spirit" album and Metallica's "Death Magnetic" album.

Rubin's journey with Def Jam Recordings transitioned into a new venture as he left to start Def American Records in Los Angeles, signing several rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock groups. Despite his shift, he continued to work with rap artists such as Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and Run-DMC. His role as a co-head at Columbia Records was marked by his co-production on Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight album. This versatile producer has been honored with Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year and Album of the Year.

Apart from his production work, Rubin also ventured into writing, publishing a nonfiction book titled "The Creative Act: A Way of Being" in 2023. He signed with Endeavor Content to develop his home studio, Shangri-La Recording Studios and gives advice on creativity through his Instagram page. Despite the occasional criticism, Rubin's production methods have been highly praised by artists, and his influence can be seen in works like British band Muse's self-produced album, "The Resistance." Rubin, a former vegan and fan of professional wrestling, currently resides in Malibu, California with his son.

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