Given that he’s helmed albums from the likes of The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Diamond, it would be difficult to argue that there’s a more versatile producer than Rubin. It’s hard to define exactly what he brings to a record, but in most cases, the key word is success. A 2009 nomination for his work on Metallica’s Death Magnetic emphasised that, whatever it is he has, it’s still working.
Why you love him:
“His work with Johnny Cash was great.” (Thanks, longjaw)
“He can make a difference to any band in any genre.” (Thanks, Gort)
"Rubin - the best around, no question." (Thanks, Simon)
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