Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rick Rubin

Today we celebrate Rick Rubin, award-winning producer and musical "guru." Rubin is best known for his creation, Def Jam Records - though he has moved on to create other now-well-known production companies, such as American Recordings, and produce for other big name production companies, such as Columbia Record.

Rubin founded Def Jam during his senior year in high school. The first album the company produced was one of Rubin's creations - a band called "Hose." After arriving at New York University, Rubin discovered a passion for hip hop. More importantly, hip hop artist found an interest in Rubin's ability to mix and produce. Through the 1980s, Rubin and Def Jam Records would be responsible for introducing such artists as the Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, and Public Enemy.

Following the success of Def Jam in New York, Rubin took his skills to the west coast and founded another production company, Def American. There he would sign and produce such artists as Slayer, Danzig, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rubin later changed the name of this venture to American Recordings and continued to produce big names - Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, and more.

Rubin's affiliation with Columbia Records has continued to attract the largest names in the industry. His work with the Dixie Chicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Cash, and more won him the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, 2007.

Rubin's interest in music, specifically his musical imagination has not only contributed to his success, but the success of many musical talents. He continues to encourage and produce new and up-coming artists (see the Avett Brothers)- often leading instant fame for the artist, and an outstanding representation of their talent. Rick Rubin is certainly considered a hero of the music industry, today we recognize him as a true hero of capitalism.


The New York Times

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