Rick Rubin, widely regarded as one of the most important producers working today, known for his stripped-back sound and his work with Johnny Cash, Jay-Z, Slayer, and more, recently returned to the site where his label Def Jam Recordings was founded––a dorm room at New York University.
Rubin started the label, largely credited with helping bring hip-hop into the mainstream through its association with Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy, in 1983, releasing hardcore punk singles packaged in brown paper bags. Rubin was soon joined by co-conspirator Russell Simmons.
Fast-forward to 2013 and Rubin is a living legend, multiple Grammy winner, and recently returned to the birthplace of his label for a new interview with Rolling Stone. The room still stands, now settled with a comfy-looking twin bed that sits right where Rubin produced T-La Rock‘s It’s Yours.
Rubin’s latest project is Eminem‘s highly-awaited The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which he co-executive produced with Eminem’s longtime collaborator Dr. Dre. Rubin even makes an appearance in the video for the first single off the album, Berzerk.
— New York University (@nyuniversity) November 1, 2013