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Widely considered to be the most influential producer of recent times, at least, Rick Rubin has risen to prominence for his great assessment of talent and his sharp ear for music. He is described by many artists as a positive influence on their music because he enhances, not converts, the artists' styles.

Ironically, Rubin was not a very popular musician in his early days because he could not play an instrument. He co-founded Def Jam records with Russell Simmons, however, and produced records for various up-and-coming hip-hop and rap musicians such as Music/LLCoolJ, the Music/BeastieBoys, and Music/PublicEnemy. Rubin left Def Jam to eventually create American Recordings, a company that signed many heavy metal acts like Music/{{Slayer}} and AlternativeRock bands like Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain.

His big break came when he successfully staged a revival for Music/JohnnyCash with his album ''American Recordings.'' In addition to his GenreRoulette, [[SignatureStyle he is noted for]] [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth his spare, straightforward recording style]] of directly, clearly recording the musicians he works with and using no audio trickery or effects like reverb[[note]]A stylistic choice that was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] on LL Cool J's ''Radio'' (an album consisting mainly of a drum machine, a sample or two and LL), with the credit "Reduced by Rick Rubin"[[/note]], although he has kind of moved on to a more elaborate one in recent years, which has come to include string sections and the like. This can be seen in Music/LinkinPark's {{New Sound Album}}s, ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''A Thousand Suns'', which he co-produced with co-frontman Mike Shinoda (Both albums were in complete contrast to the band's previous NuMetal albums, a shift in musical genre the band now embraces.)

The albums he produces nowadays are very likely to be [[LoudnessWar squished]], though that is mostly the fault of his sound executives' inanity. One of the more egregious examples would be Music/RedHotChiliPeppers's ''Californication'', an album that received many complaints from listeners because it was run through a dynamic digital processor ''after'' being processed for vinyl- in short, a [[TroubledProduction disaster of epic proportions]].

If you can name a older rock band that is still active today, chances are that at some point that band was produced by Rubin, and that the result was likely treated as their "comeback album". In addition, he produced albums for many new, popular musicians, proving that he is both a versatile and capable producer.


He has worked with:
* Music/{{Adele}}
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}
* Music/BeastieBoys (''Licensed to Ill'')
* Music/BlackSabbath (''13'')
* Music/DixieChicks (''Taking the Long Way'')
* Music/{{Danzig}}
* Music/{{Eminem}} (''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'', he's in the video for "Berserk").
* Music/LLCoolJ (''Radio'')
* [[Music/{{JayZ}} Jay-Z]] ("99 Problems" - he's also in the video).
* Music/JohnnyCash (his ''American Recordings'' series)
* Music/JustinTimberlake
* Music/KanyeWest (additional production on ''Yeezus'')
* Music/KidRock (''Born Free'')
* Music/{{Metallica}} (''Death Magnetic'')
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine (''Renegades'')
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers (all their albums from ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' onwards)
* Music/RunDMC (''Raising Hell'')
* Music/{{Shakira}}
* Music/{{Slayer}} (all their albums since ''Reign in Blood'')
* Music/{{Slipknot}} (''Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses'')
* Music/SystemOfADown (all their albums)
* Music/{{Weezer}} (''Make Believe'', ''The Red Album'', ''Raditude'')
* Music/{{ZZTop}} (''La Futura'')
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Rubin Many, many, many others.]]

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-->"[[ThrowItIn You're crazy for this one, Rick!]] [[Music/{{JayZ}} It's your boy!]]"