How much is Rick Rubin worth?
|Net Worth:||$250 Million
|Profession:||Professional Record Producer|
|Date of Birth:||March 10, 1963|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Rick Rubin
Rick Rubin is an American record producer, and was formerly co-President of Columbia Records. He has been acclaimed as among those who popularized hip hop music.
Rick was born in Long Beach, New York in 1963. He was a student at Long Beach High School, where one of the members of staff gave him some guitar lessons and a few hints about songwriting. He played in a band with some of his school friends, until another member of the staff at high school helped him create a punk band that went by the name The Pricks.
The band craved attention and masterminded a brawl with hecklers in the audience at one of their concerts in Manhattan.. They got thrown off stage but the desired result had been achieved. The excitement surrounding the incident got them noticed.
Rick Rubin has a net worth of $250 million dollars, as of 2020.
How Did Rick Rubin Get So Rich?
Rick Ruben has a fortune of $250 million which he has built through a range of activities in the music business. He has produced records for some of the most famous bands and singers in the world. He owns his own record label, and earns royalties from songs that he has written. The list of music and songs he has contributed to movies, video games and other ventures is long indeed. He owns a recording studio in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles.
He also owns a sizeable portfolio of properties in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Malibu.
Rick Rubin is a fan of professional wrestling and has invested money in various ventures associated with the sport, including event sponsorship.
Why Is He So Famous?
His early experiences playing in bands gave Rick the incentive to found his own record label. While still at school he established Def Jam Records. Recording work had to be done using the school’s four-track recording suite. Rick next formed the band Hose, and in 1983, Def Jam Records released its first 45 rpm single, which was a track recorded by Hose. It came with no label and in a brown paper wrapper. Hose had a decent run in the New York City punk scene, and also traveled to the midwest and out to California touring. They played on stage with some of the best known punk bands at the time.
Rick became friends with the DJ Jazzy Jay and from him he discovered the hip hop scene. 1983 they joined forces to release the track It’s Yours by the rapper T La Rock on Def Jam Records. The record, though, needed to be distributed properly and this was done through Streetwise Records. Jazzy Jay introduced Rick to Russell Simmons, and he helped Rick to relaunch Def Jam Records, but now with no input from Jazzy Jay. Their first release as a relaunched label was I Need a Beat by LL Cool J.
Rick continued to seek rappers and hip hop acts around New York, He signed Public Enemy and diverted the Beastie Boys towards hip hop and away from punk. Rick had already done some innovative production work with Run-DMC and he quickly acquiesced to Sue Cummings of Spin magazine’s idea of getting Run-DMC and Aerosmith to collaborate on a recording of Aerosmith’s Walk This Way. This track not only invigorated Aerosmith’s career, it also marked the start of mainstream popularity for the rap hard rock mix. Rick also launched his link with heavy metal by producing the Slayer classic album Reign in Blood.
Another classic album produced by Rick Rubin was The Cult’s Electric in 1987. At the same time he became the music supervisor for the film Less Than Zero and produced the soundtrack. He featured in the hip hop movie Krush Groove and then in 1988 co-wrote and directed the Run-DMC movie Tougher Than Leather. 1988 was also the year than Rick left Def Jam Records, moved to Los Angeles and established Def American Recordings, although he later had to drop ‘Def’ from the title. He began signing new bands such as Wolfsbane, Danzig, Masters of Reality and The Four Horsemen. Rick also signed The Jesus and Mary Chain and a stand-up comedian by the name of Andrew Dice Clay.
The new American Recordings label scored a coup in 1994 when they released Johnny Cash‘s latest album American Recordings. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album was an immediate success, and revived Johnny Cash’s flagging career. Further work with Johnny Cash followed earning a Grammy in 2003. Rick Rubin produced albums for artists that wereto be released on different labels, the most notable probably being his association with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Between 1991 and 2011 he produced six studios albums for them. Six Grammy wins followed including Producer of the Year in 2007.
Rick has produced albums and singles for a range of other artists, including Mick Jagger, Donovan, Tom Petty, Metallica, and Jay-Z. He became co-President of Columbia Records in 2007 and while there produced albums for Linkin Park, Neil Diamond, Weezer and Adele.
Rick Rubin stayed with Columbia until 2012, when he left to re-establish American Recordings. He was able to release albums by ZZ Top and The Avett Brothers to launch the revived label.
Since about 1999 Rick Rubin has been accused of contributing to the phenomenon known as “the loudness wars”. He has been criticized for adopting the production tactics of compression and clipping to increase the overall loudness of the music on an album. A number of heavy metal albums produced by Rick have attracted disparaging comments for this treatment.
What Makes Him So Successful?
Rick Rubin is actually very good at what he does, despite some criticism of the production choices he has made in the past. He knows the music business extremely well and understands how best to deal with artists and also what the paying public expects from their favorite bands and singers. Rick feels that there is a hint of magic to the process of making music, and to be successful he has had to recognize the magic, and then adapt it to his current project.
Rick has also said that there is no point in looking back and having regrets. What happened then affects the present day. If back then had been different then the present would be different. Don’t regret what you did or didn’t do, just make sure you make the right decisions going forward.
Success came to Rick Rubin because he made sure he knew what he was doing and why. All his life he has been learning, and he will continue to learn in the future. Be prepared for the lifelong process of learning how to be better, quicker or more skilled at what you do, and you will keep improving and keep succeeding.
Rick Rubin has been a major influence on the world of music for almost 40 years. In that time he has brought great happiness to millions of people through the music that he was able to produce. It must be a great feeling to know that in your life, your choices and decisions have made so many people happy.