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8. Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons Make an Unlikely Pairing

Although their origins were very different, Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons made a powerful duo. Def Jam, hip-hop’s most influential record label, was founded in Rick Rubin’s dorm room at New York University. It was these humble beginnings that resulted in tremendous records from Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Run DMC, and Public Enemy.

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