Rick Rubin (born March 10, 1963) is an American record producer. Along with Russell Simmons, Rubin is the co-founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings and American Songs (Publishing). With the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and Run–D.M.C., Rubin helped popularize hip hop music.
Rubin has also worked with artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Slayer, Jay Z, James Blake, Danzig, Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Weezer, Linkin Park, The Cult, Neil Diamond, The Avett Brothers, Adele, Joe Strummer, Mick Jagger, System of a Down, The Mars Volta, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, Jakob Dylan, Lana Del Rey, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Damien Rice, Eminem, Frank Ocean, amongst many many others. 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.