American music producer Frederick Jay Rubin. He is the creator of Def Jam Recordings (with Russell Simmons) and American Recordings and the former co-president of Columbia Records.
Records that Rubin produced for artists like the Beastie Boys, Geto Boys, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, and LL Cool J contributed to the genre’s widespread acceptance. Besides heavy metal (Danzig, System of a Down, Metallica, and Slayer), alternative rock (The Cult, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, and Weezer), and country, he has produced hit singles for bands in a wide range of other genres (Johnny Cash and The Chicks).
Early Life and Childhood
On March 10, 1963, in the town of Long Beach, New York, Frederick Jay Rubin entered the world. His parents Michael and Linda brought him up in Lido Beach, New York. He formed the punk band The Pricks while still a student at Long Beach High School with the support of a teacher who encouraged him to participate in a band with his pals.
Rubin started Def Jam Records in his senior year by using the school’s four-track recorder. In addition, he was the driving force behind the formation of the punk band Hose, whose 1982 self-titled debut album was the label’s first release.
As a member of the New York City punk movement, Hose also toured the Midwest and the West Coast. They shared the stage with other extreme acts like Meat Puppets, Hüsker Dü, Circle Jerks, Butthole Surfers, and Minor Threat. With Rubin’s growing interest in New York City’s hip-hop scene, the band eventually disbanded in 1984.
Soon after meeting DJ Jazzy Jay of Zulu Nation, Rubin became interested in learning how to make hip-hop music. Their collaboration on T La Rock’s “It’s Yours” (Def Jam) led to the song’s release. Jazzy Jay connected Rubin with concert promoter/artist manager Russell Simmons, and the two worked together to release “I Need a Beat” by JJ Cool J.
Net Worth of Rick Rubin
|Net Worth:||$250 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 10, 1963 (59 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Long Beach|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)|
|Profession:||Record producer, Keyboard Player, Singer, Rapper|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Record producer Rick Rubin of the United States is worth an estimated $250 million. To most people, he will always be recognized as the man who, along with Russell Simmons, co-founded Def Jam Recordings and served as co-president of Columbia Records.
He has worked with some of the most well-known musicians in history, earning him a reputation as one of the most talented record producers in the United States.
Def Jam Records
In 1984, while Rubin was a student at New York University, he and Simmons formally established Def Jam Records. Rubin didn’t stop his rap talent search in the three boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem; he also looked to Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island.
As a result of his investigation, Rubin discovered and signed with the hip-hop group Public Enemy. Other artists with which Rubin is affiliated include the Beastie Boys, whose sound he helped transform from punk to rap. And Rubin did a bang-up job as Run-producer, DMC’s too.
This time period is characterized by a hybrid of rap and hard rock in his production work. One of the better examples of this is the 1986 song “Walk This Way” by Run-DMC and Aerosmith. That album is often regarded as not only reviving Aerosmith’s career but also introducing new fans to the rap hard rock genre.
Rubin was able to seamlessly transition from rap to rock; his first metal band collaboration was with Slayer, producing their album “Reign in Blood” (1986). During this time, Rubin also produced “Electric” (1987) by the Cult and directed and co-wrote “Tougher Than Leather” (1988), a film starring Run-DMC.
Columbia Records and American Recordings Revival
When Columbia Records needed a new co-head in May 2007, they turned to Rubin. During his time at Columbia, he won two Grammys for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, first in 2007 for his work with the Dixie Chicks, Michael Kranz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Green Day, and Johnny Cash in 2006, and then again in 2009 for his work with Metallica, Neil Diamond, Ours, Jakob Dylan, and Weezer in 2008. Album of the Year was awarded to Rubin in 2012 for his work as a producer on Adele’s “21.” (2011).
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After leaving Columbia in 2012, he started American Recordings back up as a Republic Records imprint. ZZ Top’s “La Future” (2012) and the Avett Brothers’ “The Carpenter” (2012) were the first albums released under his new label (2012).
Rubin is well-known for his ownership of several high-profile buildings in the Los Angeles area. Rick spent $2 million in 1992 on a gated, 9,300-square-foot estate in West Hollywood, high above the Sunset Strip.
Not long after, he forked over $785,000 for a 4-bedroom house in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, commonly referred to as “The Mansion” and rumored to be haunted. While recording their critically acclaimed album Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Red Hot Chili Peppers called this mansion home.
After that, Audioslave, Maroon 5, Linkin Park, Slipknot, The Mars Volta, and many other bands began using Rubin as their primary recording studio.