10 Reasons Why Rick Rubin Is So Legendary

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LL Cool J

LL Cool J became the first rap artist signed to Def Jam after the Beastie Boys' Ad Rock convinced Rick Rubin to listen to the teenager's demo tape. LL's 1984 classic "I Need a Beat" became the first song released on the new label. And Rubin helped produce LL's platinum debut LP Radio. The rest is history.

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