AKA Frederick Jay Rubin
Birthplace: Long Beach, NY
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Music Producer
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ubiquitous record producer, Def Jam
Founded Def Jam Records in 1984 with Russell Simmons. Rubin was affiliated with that label until 1988, when he moved to Los Angeles and founded Def American records. In 1993, when the word "def" moved out of urban slang and into the dictionary, he renamed the company American.
Produced dozens of hit records for hip hop and hard rock bands alike. It was Rubin's idea for Run-DMC and Aerosmith to pair up, giving them a tremendous hit with the rap-rock call and response of "Walk This Way". Other bands produced include LL Cool J, Slayer ("Reign in Blood" et al.), Beastie Boys ("License to Ill"), Danzig, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Bloodsugarsexmagik" et al.), System of a Down ("Toxicity" et al.), Slipknot, Jay-Z ("The Black Album"), Shakira, and Justin Timberlake.
University: New York University
Def Jam Recordings Founder (1984-1988)
Risk Factors: Vegetarian
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Sound City (31-Jan-2013) · Himself
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (17-Jun-2012) · Himself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (14-Oct-2007) · Himself
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (12-Sep-2006) · Himself
Fade to Black (5-Nov-2004) · Himself
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (19-Jan-2003) · Himself
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks (1991) · Himself
Men Don't Leave (2-Feb-1990)
Krush Groove (25-Oct-1985)
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