Music Monday | Rick Rubin

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Last week in the series, I talked about Dr. Dre, who I have pretty known my whole life (music wise) because of my mother and the amount of old school rap that was played on our cassette player located in my parent’s room! However, for this week I will be discussing my admiration for Rick Rubin.

Rick Rubin is a very special person for me, because by the time I started listening to Linkin Park in 2009, he had just finished working with him on their album “Minutes To Midnight” (2008). This was my first memory of him working with anybody that I enjoyed at the time. So, while I was getting myself deeper and deeper into the world of Linkin Park, I was learning what could (at my own pace) of this interesting music producer. I call him “interesting” because although most producers want to work with a large variety of acts, they usually tend to stick to one genre and stay there for the rest of their lives. Rick Rubin has had most of his success in heavy metal, hard rock and rap music.

The two most popular acts I learned in the first two years was Jay-Z and the Beastie Boys. He has worked with many, many other bands over the years, but these were the two that sort of explain the reason why he helped Linkin Park in the past.

The album I associate Rick helping produce the most is “The Black Album” that was released in 2003. This was supposed to be the final album for the rapper before he retired from the music scene, but considering a year later he and Linkin Park came together like Run-DMC and Aerosmith did in the late 1980’s with “Walk This Way”. Although I don’t think they released an album like Jay-Z and LP did; technically they did an album and put on a concert and would later crash each other’s tours to perform “Numb/Encore” every once in a while. When Chester Bennington died in 2017, Jay-Z was out on tour with his wife Beyoncé, and he performed the hit but instead of doing Chester’s parts, the audience sang every word. It was very beautiful and a great gesture to Chester, his family and the rest of the band too!

Rick Rubin was the reason for this match to come together in the early 2000’s, because he had just finished working with Jay-Z and was close to LP too, as Rick is known to experiment in the nu metal scene in that time frame. The reason why it was so huge for these two acts to do this was because not many people went outside their comfort zones in the music world, you stayed in your genre for most of your career. At least, that’s my take on the scene and I was very much part of it since I really didn’t like to go outside of my bubble gum pop world although there were was a time were I enjoyed rap music, but you can tell I didn’t listen to a lot of rap between the year 1999 to 2002, because I was busy enjoying Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys too much to really pay attention!

Nowadays, it’s really accepted to like a wide variety of music and not to mention foreign languages that come with these new changes too! Radio is still a big way to introduce new music to a larger audience to the world, but it’s also important to realize that record producers to go through this switch too! They will always stay within their comfort zone, which I think for Mr. Rubin, it is heavy metal, but from time to time he will find something different to sink his teeth into and it might shock a few people that follow his journey just as much as the other musicians too.

So, if you are a lover of Rick Rubin’s work, who is your favorite act(s)? And do you have a favorite era of time too?

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Top 10 Favorite Songs By Linkin Park

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In honor of the release of Linkin Park’s newest album “The Hunting Party” today. I thought I’d make a list of my favorite songs by them because I just let them have one week to talk about them, I must have a second week. Since I’ve already published this week’s Tune Tuesday post as well, I’ve had to make this a separate post which is perfectly fine with me.  

  1. Papercut – I literally use to listen to this song just because of the introduction. The “creepy” sounds of it just made me so happy when I was just getting into them. When I go to watch the music video for it though, I instantly return back to my junior year of high school, being in my Short Stories class reading about the story called The Yellow Wall Paper. Just remembering it and watching the video at the same time, it was like they were using it as a reference. I can never forget that story because of that music video.
  2. Numb – I have always liked “Numb” and “In The End.” It’s those first songs of both albums that you remember hearing from your friends and they’ve just became your favorites because you can relate to them in more ways than one. When I was a senior in high school, I actually wanted to do a slow, piano version of the song as my senior solo in my choir class, but unfortunately my teacher told me that he didn’t like when girls sang guys songs. I was sad but I understood.
  3. No More Sorrow – I love this song, it’s another good introduction song too. Just how the guitars sound at the very beginning, it’s got that very big rock sound that we didn’t really hear from them yet at that time. I love Chester’s screams and it’s a good song to handbang.
  4. Victimized –  It’s a short freaking song, but it’s a pretty powerful one though! If you’ve been a big LP fan for a long time and you like the two albums MTM then you REALLY missed Mike’s raps. That’s why everybody was pissed that it wasn’t longer, my problem about it was I really liked the sound in general. The drums and guitars just sounded so damn intense that I wanted to be longer than two minutes. You always like the shortest songs the most and wish they never end though.
  5. Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer – I have to add one of the LP/Jay-Z mash ups from 2004. When we got that album, we only got it for my dad because he was obsessed with “Numb/Encore” and you can’t blame me because sadly I wasn’t into them fully yet. When I discovered them back in 2009 though, I became obsessed with this track and so did my mother. She was mainly addicted to Mike’s raps. I’m pretty proud of how much LP lyrics she knows.
  6. Valentine’s Day – I love this song. It is one of those depressing songs that you just can’t help but listen to on Valentine’s Day and everybody that is a hardcore fan of LP knows YOU have to play it even if you’re having a good day. If you don’t, well then you’re not a fan. I’m just kidding!
  7. Waiting For The End – This is another song that my mom and I were addicted to when it first came out. I am still addicted to it honestly. I still use it as my ringtone. I just love the sound of the guitars and of course Chester slow words. The fact that all of the members contributed vocals on that song, makes things that much better too!
  8. New Divide – Yes, I was VERY sad to find out that LP was not going to be featured on the new Transformers movie but I do like Imagine Dragons take on it though. When ND came out, we hadn’t heard from them in a while and everybody was SO excited to hear new music from them.
  9. Not Alone – For some odd reason, when I changed over to my new iPod majority of my favorite LP songs didn’t quite make it. This one included and this song has a powerful meaning since it was released after the wake of the Haiti tragedy. I love Chester’s soft lyrics as well as the nice melody of the drums too. So sweet and nice.
  10. Across The Line – This song does not exist on any of the CDs but I think it was on one of the LPU special released demos. I love the lyrics of different topics from drugs and military. It’s very edgy and the guitars in the middle is just amazing awesome!