Paying respect to a legend in the music industry this week, I would like to spot light Rick Rubin. Rick Rubin has pretty much had the golden touch over the years. He’s been a part of dozens of successful albums in several genres. He’s one of the co-founders of the record label that made hip-hop a household name, Def Jam. He has since been instrumental in the careers of artists like LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dixie Chicks and many more. The Time named him one of the most influential people in the world. MTV named him the most important producer in the last 20 years.
Here is a list of seven classic moments in music history that Rick Rubin has blessed us with.
The LL Cool J song was the first Record ever released from the Def Jam music group in 1984. This label was the first all hip-hop mainstream label. Rick founded the company with partner Russell Simmons while still attending college.
The Beastie Boys weren’t always rappers. This was Rick Rubin’s first creation from the ground up. The Beastie Boys were a punk band that Rick found and talked them out of their dream. Something you may not of known, there was originally four members of the Beastie Boys. A girl named Kate Schellenbach. That’s right I said a girl. She was the drummer and with the Beastie Boys going hip-hop there was no need for her to stick around. Don’t feel bad for Kate though, she made well for herself. She continued to drum for several bands and is now a producer on The Ellen Degeneres Show. The Beastie Boys became hip-hop icons and played a big part in bringing hip-hop to the masses.
Rick Rubin credits Sue Cummings of Spin Magazine for sparking the idea for the collaboration of Run DMC and Aerosmith. Rick produced the song and the rest is history.
This classic album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers was the second after their debut Mother’s Milk. Mother’s Milk had minimal success, but the group did not claim their place in Rock n Roll history until they went to work with Rick Rubin. The album went platinum 7x in the US and 21x worldwide. They’ve been staples in the biz ever since.
5. Johnny Cash
Rick Rubin left Def Jam after creative differences with Russell Simmons. He started his own label American Recording. His first sign was Johnny Cash. Rubin and Cash worked together on Johnny Cash’s final six albums from 1994 to 2002. Cash died in 2003.
After voicing their opinions about the War and then president George Bush, Country music had completely denounced the Dixie Chicks from the genre. Country music is known as a patriotic and truly pro-American form of music and fans were not happy about this rebellion. The all girl band received death threats and one point had to consider shutting down their tour for their safety. So who do you go to bring you back from the dead when the label is scared to approach the situation? You bring in Rick Rubin and sell 4.5 million albums in the face of adversity. That’s a heck of a lot of albums for country album. “Not Ready to Make Nice” is the lead single from the band’s seventh studio album Taken the Long Way. It was the response to the bands oppressors and critics. Rick Rubin won producer of the year at the Grammys for his work on the album.
You have to know that Rick Rubin is the man. System of a Down was a metal band that has had success. Before breaking up and going their separate ways they had a taste of the good life. They hooked up with producer Rick Rubin to release two separate albums, Mesmerize and Hypnotize in the same year. They sold more than 15 million albums world-wide in 2005, which is unheard of for a metal band during this period unless your Metallica, which oh yea Rick worked with them too. System of Down joined the likes of rapper DMX in being one of the few that can say they had two albums debut on the billboard chart at number one in the same year.
I could go on and on about Rick Rubin. My personal favorite is Jay-Z’s 99 problems, but the truth is, I could do top 100 lists on Rick’s accomplishments. I just want you to be aware. Rick Rubin is a legend. As always join the conversation and share some of your favorite moments in Rick Rubin’s long career of saving the day in the music industry.Google+