Def Jam co-founder rocks it at RAW
Rick Rubin, one of the most well respected producers in the music business, was backstage at RAW this week. Best known for his work in rap and heavy metal, Rubin played an integral part in the fusion of both genres, and was the man that brought together Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith for the legendary song "Walk This Way." Being described as "the most important producer of the last 20 years," by MTV, is just one of the many accolades he has achieved throughout his remarkable career.
"I grew up watching wrestling," Rubin told WWE.com Monday night at RAW. "We went to the Garden every month. We also went to the Nassau Coliseum and the Sunnyside Gardens in Queens, I've been watching wrestling for my whole life," said Rick.
Even though Rubin has much to tend to in the music industry, he still makes sure to catch RAW and SmackDown every week. In fact, the popular producer was also in the house for WrestleMania 22.
So what is it about WWE that is so appealing to Rubin? "It's really great entertainment, unlike anything else," claimed Rubin. "It's a soap opera for adults. The spirit is really entertaining. It takes things that are happening in everyday life and integrates it into a storyline. It's a fascinating and unique form of entertainment."
Rubin even claims that WWE has indeed had an influence on his career and those he worked with. "In the early days with the Beastie Boys, we would do interviews with that sensibility, the heel sensibility."
When asked who he enjoys watching the most, Rick said that found Mr. McMahon to be the most entertaining guy on WWE programming. To him Mr. McMahon is "charismatic, funny and entertaining" and thought he was "just great."
While in the locker room area, Rubin also filled WWE.com in on some of his upcoming projects, which include Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake and Metallica. The next big project of Rubin's to be released will be the new Johnny Cash album that he produced, which will be released on July 4.