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Frederick Jay “Rick” Rubin (/ˈruːbɪn/; born March 10, 1963) is an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records. Along with Russell Simmons, he is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and also established American Recordings. With the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Geto Boys, and Run-DMC, Rubin helped popularize hip hop music.
In 2007, MTV called him “the most important producer of the last 20 years”, and the same year, Rubin appeared on Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. […]
Let’s rewind for a second and go back to the beginning. What was the first great song or sound that you can remember hearing?
The Beatles, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music,” the Chuck Berry cover. I was probably 4, and I can remember feeling electrified. That was the first real rock ‘n’ roll I’d ever heard.
What is it about the Beatles? What made them work?
It transcends everything. It’s much bigger than four kids from Liverpool. For me the Beatles are proof of the existence of God. It’s so good and so far beyond everyone else that it’s not them.Rick Rubin – From Rick Rubin on Crashing Kanye’s Album in 15 Days (newsweek.com), June 27, 2013
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