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Howlin Rain — Did the earth move for you?

Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 2 May 2008

THE PATRONAGE OF RICK RUBIN is considered a Very Big Deal within the US music industry. Aged 21, in 1984, this white heavy rock fan from Lido Beach, New York, co-founded Def Jam, the label that brought hip-hop into the mainstream. With Def Jam, he produced Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys, and spliced Aerosmith and Run-DMC to create the first rap-rock crossover hit, 'Walk This Way'.

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