Rick Rubin

808 is a new documentary chronicling the “heart of the beat that changed music.” The forthcoming film, which tells the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, features a slew of influential artists who were influenced by the 808. From Highsnobiety: “Directed by Alex Dunn, the documentary has been making waves around the independent film circuit this […]

“I knew from the jump that it was gonna be a challenge for my listeners’ ear,” Kendrick Lamar tells Rick Rubin about To Pimp a Butterfly. “But if I’m challenging myself in the studio, I want to challenge you as well.” For GQ Style’s first-ever Holiday issue, Kendrick sat down with the legendary record producer/former co-President of Columbia […]

Montana of 300 stopped by to discuss his rise in the rap game, being different from other Chicago artists, hanging with Kanye West and Rick Rubin, and details about his new project.

In a newly published interview with USA Today, Justin Bieber revealed that he’s working with Kanye West and Rick Rubin on his upcoming album. At present, little details are known regarding their involvement on the project, but it’s most likely something on the production front. “I’m finishing up the album now, working with Kanye [West] and […]

Kanye West is often so proud of his work that he criticizes those who don’t recognize his material, but is always happy with how most of his own albums have come out? According to Rick Rubin, the answer is no. “Kanye told me Yeezus was the first album where he was happy with the way […]

Rick Rubin has solidified himself as one of the best producers from the last 30 years. Being co-founder of the Def Jam, of course, he knows his music. His trademark style of meshing strings with reverb amassed him hits for LL Cool J, Red Johnny Cash, The Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers and […]

Once upon a time doing an entire song about butts was a novelty. Before we were inundated with odes to shaking backsides, the music industry was actually not a hospitable place to women gifted with curvier than average bodies. Then in 1992 Seattle producer and rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot released his now ubiquitous hit record, “Baby […]

There is a controversy brewing that has people talking…a lot..and according to Spin Magazine it all centers around a new toy company called the Goldie Blox toy company. Take a look at the video below to see what has people so divided about what the company is doing and the way that they’ve gone about doing it! […]

  There are two schools of thought on album releases. One is to announce it way in advance and build up anticipation before it comes out, or do it Jay-Z’s way.  In less than a month Hov will be releasing a new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and Samsung Galaxy owners will have it three […]

When Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin joined forces 25 years ago to create Def Jam Records, there wasn’t a hip-hop label like theirs, and there will probably never be another as innovative or impactful. The storied history of Def Jam has been thoroughly recounted in the newly released book Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Rick Rubin’s dorm room11 University Place, New York University When: 1984 What: The future mogul and aspiring record producer agree to join forces, signing their first act, a sixteen-year-old from Queens named LL Cool J. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black […]