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Frederick Jay Rubin, simply known as Rick Rubin, is a famous American singer, rap artist, keyboard player, as well as a record producer. To the public, Rick Rubin is perhaps best known as the co-founder of a popular record label called “Def Jam Recordings”, which he co-created with the well-known business magnate Russell Simmons. “Def Jam” was founded in 1983 and is considered to be one of the most popular labels with the focus on the hip hop and urban music. Currently, it has Iggy Azalea, Ludacris, Nas, Rick Ross, Pusha T, 2 Chainz and other artists under their roof.

Rick Rubin Net Worth $250 Million

As a co-founder of “Def Jam”, Rick Rubin established himself in the music industry and became a well-known and respected persona. Named the most important producer of the last 20 years by MTV network, Rick Rubin has been working with some of the most known artists in the world, including Tom Petty, Black Sabbath, Sheryl Crow, Metallica, Jay-Z, AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Ray, and Kanye West to name a few. Due to his influences on the music industry, Rick Rubin was featured on the list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” compiled by the “Time” magazine.

A famous record producer and a winner of “Lifetime of Harmony Award”, how rich is Rick Rubin? According to sources, Rick Rubin’s net worth is estimated to be an impressive $250 million. Undoubtedly, most of Rick Rubin’s net worth and wealth comes from his involvement in the music industry.

Rick Rubin was born in 1963, in Lido Beach, New York, where he studied at Long Beach High School. While still a student, Rick Rubin learned how to play the guitar and eventually created a punk group entitled “The Pricks”. However, Rubin did not succeed as a guitar player, since he only knew a couple of basic chords. Rubin then switched and focused on producing music instead. When Rubin co-founded “Def Jam” in 1983, he started to get interested in hip hop production and created a song for an emcee T La Rock under the name of “It’s Yours”. While in “Def Jam”, Rubin signed “Public Enemy” to the label, helped “Beastie Boys” shift from punk to rap, produced an album for a British hard rock band called “The Cult” and made other significant changes that later influenced the entire “Def Jam” label.

However, Rubin and Russell Simmons soon parted ways and he went on to create his own record label called “American Recordings”. Rubin’s major accomplishment with his label was the release of Johnny Cash’s country album called “American Recordings”, which Rubin also produced. The album proved to be a major success, as it won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Rubin also worked on Jay-Z’s song “99 Problems”, produced albums for Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Metallica and Shakira, and recently finished working on “Black Sabbath’s” nineteen studio album entitled “13”, which, just as his many other projects, proved to be commercially successful.

A well-known record producer, Rick Rubin has an estimated net worth of $250 million.

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 10, 1963
Birth place: Long Beach, New York, United States
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)
Profession:Record producer, Keyboard Player, Singer, Rapper
Education:New York University
Nationality:United States of America
Awards:Grammy Award for Album of the Year
Record labels:Def Jam Recordings, American Recordings, Columbia, Warner Bros. Records, Epic Records
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Huge fan of professional wrestling.
2Currently recording in a studio producing Metallica's upcoming album. [August 2006]
3Planning to record the next ZZ Top album that should be out later this year or 2009. [June 2008]
4Produced the critically acclaimed Neil Diamond album "12 Songs", released Nov. 8, 2005. [November 2005]
5Has produced albums for a diverse slew of artists including Jay Z, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Slayer, Johnny Cash, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, Macy Gray, Geto Boys, LL Cool J, The Black Crowes, Eagle Eye Cherry, Public Enemy, Audioslave, Limp Bizkit, The Mars Volta, Sir Mix A Lot, The Cult, Glenn Danzig, The Bangles, Mick Jagger, and T La Rock.
6After collaborating with them for about 3 years, he had a mysterious falling out with the Beastie Boys in 1987, around the same time the group left their then-label, Def Jam Recordings and signed with Capitol/EMI Records, for whom they have recorded ever since. It is unclear whether the Beastie Boys left Def Jam as a result of their conflict with Rubin, or whether their ended friendship was because the group left the label for financial reasons. Shortly after the Beasties left Def Jam, Rick Rubin claimed he deserved all the credit for their success because he totally crafted their image and songs, although this never went to court.
7Produced albums for artists as diverse as the Beastie Boys, Slayer , and Johnny Cash.
8Changed the name of Def American Recordings to American Recordings in 1993 when he found the word "def" in a dictionary.
9Left Def Jam Recordings in 1988 and founded Def American Recordings.
10Co-founded Def Jam Recordings with Russell Simmons in 1984.
11He is a vegan.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Stripped down Musical productions which avoid using too many Instrumental sounds
2Thick, huge beard, and eyes always covered with sunglasses


Quotes

#Quote
1I never made beats to make beats; I only made them when there was a record to make them for. That's one of the things that has changed in hip-hop that's made me like it less. It feels much more like it's a producer-driven medium, where there are all these tracks that are completely interchangeable.
2I think with certain artists you want to hear their album... and then there are other artists who I like where maybe it's more about the single. I don't think there is going to be one way that everything works.
3When you're vegan, you spend your time chasing protein, and you're eating food that's way too high in carbs. I could never catch up on protein.
4From the time I was 9 years old, I loved magic. I was an only child, and I think that had a big impact on me. I always had grown-up friends even though I was a little kid. I would take the train from Lido Beach into Manhattan, and I'd hang out in magic shops.
5I really loved crunk. I loved the extreme nature of it, how repetitious it was, and how these basic, angry chants would just be repeated over and over again.
6At 15, I started listening to hard rock and heavy metal, but I would say it was more hard rock because I liked Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, and eventually AC/DC.
7I don't even know what a traditional producer is or does. I feel like the job is like being a coach, building good work habits and building trust. You want to get to a point where you can say anything and talk about anything. There needs to be a real connection.
8I liked things about all the Run-D.M.C. records. I can remember when I first heard 'Sucker MCs,' and how much that meant to me. And the song 'Jam Master Jay' really meant a tremendous amount to me, as a fan. They were my favorite group at the time, and it was my dream to get to work with them, and then I did, and it was an unbelievable experience.
9I guess edgy things tend to get my attention.
10I was the only punk rocker at my high school. And there were at least a handful of black kids who liked hip-hop. Both were kind of the new music of the day, and it was lonely being the only punk.
11My taste changes radically all the time, and I listen to whatever feels good. Another thing is that I'm in the studio so much of the time, and I listen to so much loud, aggressive music for work, that for pleasure, I'll listen to something else.
12Usually when I start a new project there's a fear of the unknown; maybe it's a band I've never been in the studio with before. People are so different. It's almost like you need to go through the process, discover and unlock what it is that makes that band that band. And a lot of times they don't know it.
13I played more of an advisory role with Public Enemy. I really trusted them to make the music that they wanted to make, and the way The Bomb Squad worked with the... they created their whole own world of music.
14I'm just trying to make my favorite music. That's how I work; I just do things based on the way they feel to me. I want to be touched by the music I'm making. Luckily, other people have shared that response to my work over the years.
15I always feel like there's something magic in recording studios. There's a reason good music continues to be made in them. It's just some mojo element.
16Everything happens kind of the way it's supposed to happen, and we just watch it unfold. And you can't control it. Looking back, you can't say, 'I should've... ' You didn't, and had you, the outcome would have been different.
17Everything I do, whether it's producing or signing an artist, always starts with the songs. When I'm listening, I'm looking for a balance that you could see in anything. Whether it's a great painting or a building or a sunset.
18In between 15 and 20 - probably at around 17 - my interests switched from hard rock to punk rock. And then by 20 they were circling out of punk rock back into Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the stuff that I didn't get to when I was younger.
19I've always been an outsider. When I did magic, I was the only kid. When I worked with Johnny Cash, I was completely out of place in Nashville. And when I started Def Jam, I was the only white guy in the hip-hop world.
20I never decide if an idea is good or bad until I try it. So much of what gets in the way of things being good is thinking that we know. And the more that we can remove any baggage we're carrying with us, and just be in the moment, use our ears, and pay attention to what's happening, and just listen to the inner voice that directs us, the better.
21For me, the Beatles are proof of the existence of God.
22It's a big theme in my life, learning about myself and being a better person. I'm a work in progress; I have revelations every day.
23There's just a natural human element to a great song that feels immediately satisfying. I like the song to create a mood.
24I like things that are unique and extreme.
25I don't know what makes someone hip. The goal is artist achievement and the best work we can do with no limitation.
26I never really think so much about commercial success; I usually just think about records that move me, and 'Baby Got Back' was one that moved me.
27I've gotten to work with amazing people. I would say usually we get to a point before we get into the studio where there isn't that sense of anxiety or nervousness of who they are because I don't think it would be as productive in the studio if that was the case. But maybe meeting someone like Neil Young for the first time made me anxious.
28When they started, there was no such thing as heavy metal and it feels like the whole genre is based on 'Black Sabbath'. It may not always have sounded the same, and it's gone through a lot of changes, and there's a lot of really interesting metal that sounds like 'Black Sabbath'. But it feels like they were probably the first with the idea that this dark, heavy music could be the whole trip.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the Year· Jim Abbiss (Producer Engineer/Mixer)
· Adele (Producer)
· Paul Epworth (Producer)
· Fraser T. Smith (Producer Engineer/Mixer)
· Ryan Tedder (Producer Engineer/Mixer)
· Dan Wilson (Producer)
· Philip G. Allen (Engineer/Mixer)
· Ian Dowling (Engineer/Mixer)
· Tom Elmhirst (Engineer/Mixer)
· Greg Fidelman (Engineer/Mixer)
· Dan Parry (Engineer/Mixer)
· Steven Price (Engineer/Mixer)
· Mark Rankin (Engineer/Mixer)
· Andrew Scheps (Engineer/Mixer)
· Tom Coyne (Mastering Engineer)
2007GrammyGrammy AwardsRecord of the Year· Dixie Chicks (Artist)
· Chris Testa (Engineer/Mixer)
· Jim Scott (Engineer/Mixer)
· Richard Dodd (Engineer/Mixer)
2007GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the Year· Dixie Chicks (Artist)
· Chris Testa (Engineer/Mixer)
· Jim Scott (Engineer/Mixer)
· Richard Dodd (Engineer/Mixer/Mastering Engineer)
2007GrammyGrammy AwardsProducer of the Year (Non-Classical)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the Year· Ed Sheeran (artist)
· Jeff Bhasker (producer)
· Benny Blanco (producer)
· Jake Gosling (producer/engineer/mixer)
· John McDaid (producer/engineer/mixer)
· Pharrell Williams (producer)
· Andrew Coleman (engineer/mixer)
· Tyler S. Johnson (engineer/mixer)
· Mark Stent (engineer/mixer)
· Geoffrey Swann (engineer/mixer)
· Stuart Hawkes (mastering engineer)
2005GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Song· Jay Z (Songwriter)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Secret Life of Pets2016writer: "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Lip Sync Battle2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Brit Awards 20152015TV Special producer: "Bloodstream"
Fresh Dressed2015Documentary writer: "My Adidas"
Dancing with the Stars2012-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Wimbledon2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Blondie at BBC Maida Vale2014TV Movie writer: "You Gotta Fight for Your Right To Party!"
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show2014TV Movie producer: "Give It Away"
The Raid 22014writer: "A Light That Never Comes"
Saturday Night Live2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eminem: Berzerk2013Video short writer: "Berzerk"
Turbo2013writer: "It's Tricky"
Fun Size2012writer: "YOU'VE GOTTA FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY"
Grave Encounters 22012producer: "Given Up"
The Possession2012/Iproducer: "I Will Not Bow" - uncredited
Atop the Fourth Wall2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
June Brown: Respect Your Elders2012TV Movie documentary writer: "You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party!" - uncredited
The Central Park Five2012Documentary writer: "Jack the Ripper"
Battleship2012producer: "Super Battle"
Misfits2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jack and Jill2011/Iwriter: "It's Tricky"
The Footy Show2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Change-Up2011writer: "Brass Monkey"
Kung Fu Panda 22011producer: "Iridescent"
Spread Eagle Cross the Block2011Short writer: "Spread Eagle Cross the Block"
20 to 12008-2011TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
Fight for Your Right Revisited2011Short writer: "Fight for Your Right"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
8213: Gacy House2010Video producer: "Be Yourself" - uncredited
Angel Camouflaged2010writer: "It's Tricky"
The Bounty Hunter2010/Iwriter: "It's Tricky"
Cop Out2010writer: "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
Super Bowl XLIV2010TV Special producer: "Cyanide" - uncredited
Dancing on Ice2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
17 Again2009writer: "Drop"
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "Sabotage"
Final Fight: Streetwise2006Video Game producer: "Pulse of the Maggots"
Get Rich or Die Tryin'2005"Fight for Your Right to Party", "I Can't Live without My Radio"
The World's Greatest Gigs2005TV Movie documentary writer: "No Sleep till Brooklyn", "You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party!" - uncredited
UFC 50: The War of '042004TV Special writer: "Brass Monkey" - uncredited
Friday Night Lights2004writer: "It's Tricky"
White Chicks2004writer: "It's Tricky"
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!2004writer: "Going Back to Cali"
Malibu's Most Wanted2003writer: "It's Tricky"
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Hot Chick2002writer: "It's Tricky"
Pro BMX 22002Video Game writer: "Rock the Bells"
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 42002Video Game writer: "My Adidas"
Lindenstraße2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Summer Catch2001writer: "Going Back to Cali"
Scratch2001Documentary writer: "Rock the Bells"
Little Nicky2000producer: "School of Hard Knocks"
Road Trip2000writer: "It's Tricky"
Heavy Metal 20002000producer: "Storaged"
Big Daddy1999producer: "Ga Ga", "Sweet Child o' Mine"
Can't Hardly Wait1998writer: "It's Tricky"
Edge1997writer: "March of the Pigs"
She's the One1996producer: "Walls Circus", "Walls No. 3", "Angel Dream", "California", "Grew Up Fast", "Hung Up & Overdue", "Hope You Never"
Twister1996producer: "Melancholy Mechanics"
The Addiction1995producer: "Addiction"
Cool World1992producer: "THE WITCH"
Out for Justice1991writer: "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
Look Who's Talking Too1990writer: "Fight For Your Right To Party"
Pump Up the Volume1990writer: "Scenario"
Hot to Trot1988writer: "Fight for Your Right"
Less Than Zero1987writer: "Going Back To Cali", "You And Me" "Less Than Zero"
The Pick-up Artist1987writer: "She's Crafty" - as R. Rubin
White Water Summer1987producer: "Aphrodisiac Jacket"
Krush Groove1985writer: "Can You Rock It Like This", "Krush Groovin'" - as R. Rubin / writer: "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "She's on It"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Linkin Park: The Catalyst2010Video short producer
Slipknot: Vermilion Part 12009Video short producer
Slipknot: Vermilion Part 22009Video short producer
Linkin Park: Leave Out All the Rest2008Video short producer
Gossip Live in Liverpool2008Video documentary executive producer
Untitled Kanye West HBO Project2008TV Movie executive producer
Snow (Hey Oh)2006Short producer
Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way Concert2002TV Special producer
Beastie Boys: Hold It Now, Hit It1986Video short producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eminem: Berzerk2013Video shortRick Rubin
Men Don't Leave1990Craig
Tougher Than Leather1988Vic Ferrante
Krush Groove1985Rick

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Battleship2012executive music producer
Run-DMC: Together Forever - Greatest Hits 1983-20002000Video composer: song "It's Tricky"
Less Than Zero1987music supervisor

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tougher Than Leather1988writer
Beastie Boys: Hold It Now, Hit It1986Video short

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens2011TV Series documentary interpreter - 1 episode
David Blaine: Frozen in Time2000TV Special magic consultant

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tougher Than Leather1988

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reading Rainbow1986TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger - London, New York, Johannesburg2008TV Special documentary very special thanks
Screamers2006Documentary special thanks
Chris Rock: Never Scared2004TV Special documentary special thanks
Kill Bill: Vol. 22004special thanks
Biggie and Tupac2002Documentary special thanks - as Rick Ruben
Dogtown and Z-Boys2001Documentary thanks
South Park (Chef: Behind the Menu)1998TV Short special thanks
Chris Rock: Bring the Pain1996TV Special documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks1991VideoHimself
WWE Raw2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
WWE Hell in a Cell2015TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Johnny Cash: American Rebel2015DocumentaryHimself
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn2015TV MovieHimself
8082015DocumentaryHimself
WWE Summerslam2014TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Tanning of America2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live2013TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Music1999-2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Black Sabbath: 132013Documentary shortHimself
Sound City2013DocumentaryHimself
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das2012DocumentaryHimself
Revolutions2011Documentary
This Is Jim Jones2009Video documentaryHimself
WWE Smackdown!2008TV SeriesHimself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream2007DocumentaryHimself
CMT: The Greatest - 40 Days That Shaped Country Music2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shut Up & Sing2006DocumentaryHimself
Johnny Cash: God's Gonna Cut You Down2006Video shortHimself
The Work of Director Mark Romanek2005Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Fade to Black2004DocumentaryHimself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Controversy2004TV SeriesHimself
Making the Video2004TV Series documentaryHimself
End of the Century2003DocumentaryHimself, producer
American Rap Stars2002Video documentaryHimself
Pure Cult: The Videosingles2001VideoHimself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
1995 VH1 Honors1995TV MovieHimself
24 Hours in Rock and Roll1994TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Producer

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