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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'', and he has since signed a variety of big-label artists and up-and-coming debutantes.

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 ''Music/{{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]]. In addition, bands such as Music/{{Slipknot}} have criticized his hands-off approach to production.

Nevertheless, he remains a prolific and well-respected producer. Here is just a selection of the diverse array of artists he has worked with:

* Music/{{ACDC}} (''Bailbreaker'')
* Music/{{Adele}} (''21'')
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} (''O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits'')
* Music/{{Audioslave}} (''Audioslave'', ''Out of Exile'')
* Music/BeastieBoys (''Music/LicensedToIll'')
* Music/BlackSabbath (''13'')
* Music/GogolBordello (''Trans-Continental Hustle'')
* Music/JohnnyCash (his ''American Recordings'' series)
* Music/VanessaCarlton (''Heroes & Thieves'')
* Music/AndrewDiceClay (five of his albums, 1989-1993)
* Music/CoheedAndCambria (''Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow'')
* Music/SherylCrow (''The Globe Sessions'')
* Music/TheCult (''Electric'')
* Music/{{Danzig}} (Their first five albums)
* Music/NeilDiamond (''12 Songs'', ''Home Before Dark'')
* Music/DixieChicks (''Taking the Long Way'')
* Music/{{Eminem}} (''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'', he's in the video for "Berserk").
* Music/{{Flipper}} (''American Grafishy'')
* Music/JohnFrusciante (''Niandra Lades & Usually Just A T-Shirt'')
* Music/GetoBoys (''The Geto Boys'')
* Music/GodDethroned (''The Toxic Touch'')
* Music/JoshGroban (''Illuminations'')
* Music/MickJagger (''Wandering Spirit'')
* [[Music/{{JayZ}} Jay-Z]] ("99 Problems" - he's also in the video).
* Music/JoanJett And The Blackhearts (''Flashback'')
* Music/KidRock (''Born Free'')
* Music/LadyGaga (''Artpop'')
* Music/LanaDelRey (''Paradise'')
* Music/LilJon & the East Side Boyz (''Crunk Juice'')
* Music/LimpBizkit (''Results May Vary'', ''Greatest Hitz'')
* Music/LinkinPark (''Minutes to Midnight'', ''A Thousand Suns'', ''Living Things'' and ''Recharged'').
* Music/LLCoolJ (''I Need A Beat'', ''Radio'', ''Jack the Ripper'', ''Walking With a Panther'', ''All World: Greatest Hits'')
* Music/MelanieC (''Northern Star'')
* Music/{{Metallica}} (''Death Magnetic'', ''Beyond Magnetic'')
* Music/NineInchNails (''Further Down the Spiral'')
* Music/TomPetty And The Heartbreakers (''Greatest Hits'', ''Wildflowers'', ''She's the One'', ''Echo'')
* Music/{{Poison}} (''Poison'd!'')
* Music/PublicEnemy ("Yo! Bum Rush The Show", "Music/ItTakesANationOfMillionsToHoldUsBack")
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine (''Renegades'')
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers (from 1990-2011: produced six albums for them, including ''Music/BloodSugarSexMagik'', ''Music/{{Californication}}'', and ''Music/StadiumArcadium'')
* Music/DamienRice (''My Favourite Faded Fantasy'')
* Music/RunDMC (''Music/RaisingHell'')
* Music/{{Shakira}} (Both ''Oral Fixation'' albums)
* Music/EdSheeran (''X'')
* Music/SirMixALot (''Mack Daddy'', ''Chief Boot Knocka'', ''Return of the Bumpasaurus'')
* Music/{{Slayer}} (all their albums from ''Reign in Blood'' through ''World Painted Blood'')
* Music/{{Slipknot}} (''Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses'')
* Music/SystemOfADown (all their albums, including ''Music/{{Toxicity}}'' and ''Music/MezmerizeHypnotize'')
* Music/JustinTimberlake (''[=FutureSex/LoveSounds=]'')
* Music/{{U2}} (''U218 Singles'')
* Music/{{Weezer}} (''Make Believe'', ''The Red Album'', ''Raditude'')
* Music/KanyeWest (additional production on ''Yeezus'')
* Music/{{ZZTop}} (''La Futura'')

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