Rick Rubin

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‘It was fun until it wasn’t’: hip-hop A&R Dante Ross on De La Soul, ODB – and punchups with P Diddy
Hailed as the genre’s Forrest Gump for his time with artists from Busta Rhymes to Santana, today Ross contends that streaming, sampling and materialism have changed the genre beyond recognition

Christian Kriticos

22, May, 2023 @7:32 AM

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The Creative Act by Rick Rubin review – life lessons from the bearded beat master
The co-founder of Def Jam Records and the man behind countless hits, from the Beastie Boys and Jay-Z to Neil Young, offers artistic wisdom that is both gnomic and pertinent

Kitty Empire

10, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Rick Rubin: Def Jam founder and producer announces debut book
The Creative Act: A Way of Being will be ‘a book about what to do make a great work of art’ and ‘a book about how to be’

Laura Snapes

11, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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McCartney 3, 2, 1 review – the Fab Four as you’ve never heard them before
This bounteous feast for Beatles fans sees Paul McCartney dive into the back catalogue with producer Rick Rubin – who then does something truly amazing

Stuart Jeffries

25, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Def Jam: how a new British imprint of the iconic rap label poached Stormzy
Only 6% of music industry execs are Black. That system fails artists, say the founders of 0207 Def Jam, whose uniquely diverse boardroom aims to change the culture – for good

Joseph JP Patterson

18, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Kate Tempest: The Book of Traps and Lessons review – living poetry amid the chaos of 2019
Producer Rick Rubin has pared back the effects, giving Tempest’s songs about trying to love and dance through our current crises room to reach out

Aimee Cliff

14, Jun, 2019 @8:30 AM

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Bass is strong with this one: Rick Rubin produces Star Wars EDM album
The producer enlists Flying Lotus, Röyksopp and Rustie for companion record to The Force Awakens, which features samples of C-3PO and Darth Vader, and a track from JJ Abrams himself

Guardian music

09, Feb, 2016 @9:05 AM

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Justin Bieber nears completion of album with Kanye West and Rick Rubin
Singer says he had to scrap one version of the album because he was ‘in a dark place’

Guardian music

01, Apr, 2015 @7:21 AM

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What we learned: Suge Knight's living hell, John Legend's disgust
Our weekly music news roundup, featuring Suge Knight, Neil Young and more

Tshepo Mokoena

07, Feb, 2015 @8:00 AM

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Rick Rubin analyses Kanye, Cash and Jay-Z on music annotation site Genius
Super-producer adds insight to some of his most famous songs, and explains that Kanye used to give him ‘anxiety’

Guardian music

03, Feb, 2015 @8:59 AM

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What we learned: Noel Gallagher's verbal wrath and Björk's return
Our weekly roundup of online music news, with Noel Gallagher insults (again) and the Brits nominations, by Tshepo Mokoena

Tshepo Mokoena

17, Jan, 2015 @8:00 AM

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Justin Bieber teams up with Rick Rubin
Singer pictures himself with the legendary producer, who he has reportedly started recording with

Guardian music

15, Jan, 2015 @8:03 AM

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