Rick Rubin - 2007In our latest Legends feature we spoke to Chopstick & Johnjon, the SUOL Recordings bossmen, as they took us through some records of their favourite producer… the bearded legend that is RICK RUBIN.

As a Duo it was quite tuff for us to pick one artist that we’d both consider as legendary to us so we decided to pick a producer as our legend instead. Rick Rubin must have produced a lot of the albums we love and grew up with so his influence is definitely one of the biggest we both have. He is so versatile in style but the outcome is always brilliant.” – Chopstick & Johnjon

LL Cool J – Going Back To Cali

Well most people will probably think of Biggie Smalls “Going Back To Cali” but LL Cool J’s “Going Back To Cali” is a totally different song and was released way earlier, 1988 to be exact, on legendary label Def Jam! It was written and produced by the infamous Rick Rubin.

Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Did you know Slayer’s guitarist Kerry King played the riffs and solo on this record which was released in 1986? Well, I’m sure writer and producer Rick Rubin arranged this collab and we’re happy that he did.. such a signature sound!

Slayer – South Of Heaven

Talking about Slayer … Rick Rubin produced almost all of Slayers studio albums after South of Heaven (their 4th).Pretty sure this one found a place in everybodys metal phase while growing up.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away

Absolute classic and one of the best known Rock – Funk tracks out there. As the lead single of the album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” (whole album produced by Rick Rubin) it was a big step into stardom for the RHCP.

Run DMC – Walk This Way

The original song was obviously by Aerosmith and was recorded in 1975. Rick Rubin re-recorded and produced this song with Run-DMC in 1985 and his version became part of the “100 Greatest Songs Of Hip Hop”.

Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1

Before Public Enemey was officially assembled, Rick Rubin signed Chuck D whose song “Public Enemy Number One” Rubin had heard from no other than the legendary “Dr. Dre”.

Jay-Z – 99 Problems

One of Rick Rubin’s later productions.. 2003 to be exact. “99 Problems” was the 3rd single to be released of Jay Z’s “Black Album”, which still is one of our favourite Hip Hop albums of all time!

Johnny Cash – Hurt

Originally written by Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, this stripped down cover version of Johnny Cash from 2002 turned it into a worldwide hit. It was Rick Rubins idea to do a cover of this song and he convinced Johnny Cash with a demo version Rick performed himself.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

This is a “typical Red Hot Chili Peppers song”, and that’s why we love it.

James Blake – I Need A Forest Fire (ft. Bon Iver)

What can go wrong when you combine 2 of our heroes of recent times? Nothing – just the opposite. An amazingly beautiful combination of both talents.

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