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Rick Rubin (born Frederick Jay Rubin, 10.3.1963) Rick Rubin is the head of Columbia Records and is a well-respected record producer.
Childhood: Rick Rubin was raised in Long Island, New York. His family are Jewish; his father was a shoe wholesaler and his mother was a housewife. Rubin attended Long Beach High School, where he befriended the school's AV director, Steve Freeman. Freeman helped him to learn the guitar and taught him some songwriting skills.
Rick Rubin then formed a punk band called The Pricks. He was not popular with other musicians, due to his rudimentary skills.
Rubin founded Def Jam Records in his senior year at high school, using the school's four-track recorder.
Whilst he studied at New York University, he formed another punk band called Hose, heavily influenced by the San Francisco band Flipper.
Career: The first Def Jam release was a Hose "7. It was released in a brown paper bag, with no label. Hose played in and around the New York punk scene, and toured the States with bands such as the Circle Jerks, Butthole Surfers and Meat Puppets.
Rick Rubin then became interested in the production techniques used in hip-hop music. He learnt a lot from DJ Jazzy Jay of Zulu Nation and in 1983, the two of them produced the track 'It's Yours', for the rapper T La Rock. They released the track on Def Jam and the producer Arthur Baker helped them to distribute the record through his Streetwise Records label.
When Rick Rubin met Russell Simmons, he helped to progress Def Jam Records, whilst Rubin was still attending university. The first release on the newly launched Def Jam was 'I Need A Beat' by LL Cool J. Their next signing was Public Enemy and they then released the 'Rock Party' / 'Party's Getting' Rough' / 'Beastie Groove' EP from the Beastie Boys. Along with his work producing Run-D.M.C. Rubin gained a reputation for fusing hip-hop and heavy rock production.
Capitalising on this, Rubin decided to get Aerosmith and Run DMC. to collaborate on a new version of Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way'.
In the 1985 film Krush Groove, Rick Rubin played a character based on himself. The film was based on Russell Simmons' early days as a record producer.
In 1988, Rubin lost a power struggle with the president of Def Jam, Lyor Cohen. Russell Simmons stayed in New York and stayed at Def Jam. Rick Rubin moved to Los Angeles and formed a new company, Def American Records. He signed a number of heavy rock bands to the label, including Danzig, Wolfsbane, Slayer and Masters of Reality. He also worked with a number of alternative rock bands such as The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Rick Rubin produced Red Hot Chilli Peppers' breakthrough album Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Whilst working at Def American Records, Rick Rubin continued to work with rap artists and still produced records by Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J.
Rick Rubin changed the name of Def American to American Recordings and the first release on the newly-named label was Johnny Cash's American Recordings in 1994. The album revived Cash's career and the pair went on to work together on four more Johnny Cash albums, Unchained, Solitary Man, The Man Comes Around and A Hundred Highways. It was Rick Rubin's idea that Johnny Cash should record a cover of 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails.
Rubin then went on to work with a number of established, older artists, including Metallica, Tom Petty, Mick Jagger and Donovan. In 2005, he produced Shakira's double album project, Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2.
In 2007, Rick Rubin became the head of Columbia Records. The same year, he won a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, for his work with Justin Timberlake, Green Day, U2 and The Dixie Chicks.
Mourielle Herrera , Rick Rubin - Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Music producer Rick Rubin refused to leave his seat and make an acceptance speech as he was honoured by the Recording Academy on Thursday night (11Feb16).
The Def Jam Records co-founder was feted for his work with musicians including Kanye West, Adele, Lady Gaga, and Eminem, with the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy at the 9th Annual Grammy Week Event in Los Angeles.
However, Rubin, who dressed in shorts, a hooded jacket and patterned moccasin-style shoes, remained seated in the audience, and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow come off the stage to present him with the prize at his chair, according to the Associated Press.
Producer-songwriter Jimmy Jam said in a tribute, "The way hip-hop is now owes everything to Def Jam and to this gentleman here tonight," and explained Rubin's behaviour, saying, "Rick says he's shy."
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Producer Rick Rubin has teamed up with Flying Lotus and director J.J. Abrams to create a Star Wars-themed album.
Star Wars Headspace is a compilation LP, which features original music, sound effects and dialogue from the Star Wars franchise, according to RollingStone.com.
The 15-song record will be released digitally on 19 February (16) and will hit stores next month (Mar16). It will include tracks from Royksopp, Galantis, Rustie and Kaskade, while Abrams and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda have created a Jabba the Hut tribute track, titled Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work, and Flying Lotus' offering features robot R2-D2's sounds to create a beat.
Abrams and Miranda also recently teamed up to compose music for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens' cantina scene after meeting backstage at the smash-hit Broadway show.
Superproducer Rick Rubin Will Be Saluted By Recording Academy Officials Next Year (16) In Recognition Of His Groundbreaking Career.
The music mogul, who co-founded Def Jam Records and has worked with artists like Adele, Jay Z, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kanye West, will be feted during a special ceremony in Los Angeles on 11 February (16), in the week leading up to the Grammy Awards (15Feb16).
"Rick Rubin has said he has one rule regarding his recording process, 'The only rule is that it's not done until it's great,'" says Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy. "His contributions to music and to the artists he's worked with prove that Rick is beyond simply great. He is remarkable.
"We look forward to celebrating this musical icon and his pioneering career, which continues to inspire and climb to new heights."
Justin Bieber Has Dropped A Song He Was Working On With Kanye West From His New Album.
The Baby singer teamed up with Kanye and top rap producer Rick Rubin on tracks which were due to be featured on his forthcoming record Purpose.
Justin had previously been enthusiastic about the planned collaboration with Kanye, describing the track as having a "really cool New York Vibe", but the Canadian pop star subsequently abandoned the project and the song remains unfinished.
"Kanye and Rubin were a part of the process, but they don't have any records on the album," Justin tells Britain's KISS FM radio station. "The Kanye song I did, we never finished it. It was just kind of going in a different direction."
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Justin Bieber has insisted he isn't ''worried'' about when his new album gets finished as he just wants it to be ''perfect''.
Justin Bieber isn't ''worried'' about when his album gets finished.
The 'Baby' hitmaker - who released his last studio album in 2012 - has insisted he is in no rush to get a new LP out and just wants it to be ''perfect''.
When asked when his new album would be out, he said: ''I actually don't know. I'm really not worried about when it's finished, I just want it to be perfect, so we're taking our time with it.
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Frank Ocean has recorded his new album at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios.
Frank Ocean has recorded his new album at Abbey Road Studios.
Pianist Christophe Chassol revealed he worked with the 27-year-old singer at the iconic London studios on the making of his second album, 'Boys Don't Cry', which is expected to be released in July.
He revealed: ''Ocean invited me to Abbey Road to record on his album.''
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Justin Bieber is ''not very proud of'' his mistakes and insists he has learned his lesson.
Justin Bieber is ''not very proud of'' his mistakes.
The 21-year-old star, who had multiple brushes brushes with the law for his wild partying, driving offences and vandalising a neighbour's house with eggs last year, insists he has moved on and wants to focus on his career.
The 'Boyfriend' hitmaker, who frequently apologised for his poor conduct in recent months, said: ''I hope people felt the sincerity in my apologies. There are a lot of things that have happened in the last couple years that I'm not very proud of, and I feel a responsibility to my fans and to the public who believe in me to make it right. I hope everyone believed it - because it was honest.''
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Justin Bieber is RIck Rubin's latest pop project.
Justin Bieber has almost finished recording his new album with Kanye West and Rick Rubin. The pop-star curiously noted to USA Today, "I don't want to say 'it's different', because that's what everyone says. But it is different."
Justin Bieber is recording an album with rock producer Rick Rubin
Bieber said his well-publicized period of notoriety - he's has numerous problems with the law - has been reflected in his music.
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Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled the Mexican leg of his annual 'Ozzfest tour' dubbed 'Ozzfiesta' as he is set to have surgery and will need four weeks off to recover.
Ozzy Osbourne has pulled out of a gig to undergo an operation.
The 66-year-old star has been forced to cancel the Mexico leg of his annual 'Ozzfest' tour, which had been dubbed 'Ozzfiesta', scheduled for May 27 as he's set to have unspecified surgery and will need to take a month off to recover.
A statement on the Ozzfiesta website reads: ''Cool Breeze Concerts regret to inform you that Ozzfiesta is cancelled.
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The rapper unveiled the album title on Twitter, but won't yet give a date.
Kanye West has finally announced the title of his forthcoming album, alongside a cryptic symbol that could be an album cover. 'So Help Me God' will be released later this year and features at least two tracks with former Beatle Paul McCartney.
Kanye West unveils new album title
So if we escape the not altogether uncharacteristic bizarre behaviour that Kanye West has been exhibiting this past month, the rapper is now unveiling a new album to follow up his 2013 number one 'Yeezus'. While he refuses to give any specific release date, 'So Help Me God' is being developed by a team of top producers including Rick Rubin, Q-Tip, French Montana as well as Paul McCartney, with whom he has been working a great deal; the new album features two new tracks with the rock veteran entitled 'Only One' and 'Piss on Your Grave'
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Rick Rubin and Mourielle Herrera - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Mourielle Herrera and Rick Rubin - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
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