He's the co-founder of Def Jam Records and the co-author of the hip hop industry. Rick Rubin's ears are some of the most important in American music history, hearing and crafting the future of some of hip hop's biggest music acts. And he's still in the mix, helping Eminem with his much-anticipated LP, TheMarshall Mathers LP 2, as well as offering a consulting ear to two of the other major releases of the year, Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail. and Kanye's Yeezus. Here's a look at why Rick is such a legend.
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