The Def Jam Records co-founder turns 50.
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The 60-year-old also wrote the Run DMC film "Tougher Than Leather."
Before he began producing for Run DMC, Rick Rubin laced a teenage LL Cool J with hardcore, rock-tinged drum-machine beats that pretty much pioneered the concept of "boom bap." The 1985 album helped launch Def Jam and quickly established LL as a st...
Super-producer Rick Rubin — who co-founded Def Jam and helped launch the careers of Run DMC and the Beastie Boys with his rap-rock mash-ups — may look like Jesus, but he was raised Jewish.
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