Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin (born March 10, 1963) is an American record producer and the co-head of Columbia Records.
One of the most prominent names in popular music, Rubin came to prominence in the 1980s as the original DJ of the Beastie Boys, and for co-founding Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons before establishing American Recordings. With the Beastie Boys and Run D.M.C., Rubin helped popularize a fusion of rap music and heavy metal, and he has worked extensively with hard rock and heavy metal groups, notably Danzig, Slayer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica.
In the 1990s, he produced the "American Recordings" albums with Johnny Cash. MTV called him "the most important producer of the last 20 years." In 2007, Rubin was listed among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.