In 1984, one of hip-hop’s biggest’s success stories has started in 712 Weinstein at New York University. It is where Rick Rubin started Def Jam Records, the label that helped shape hip-hop’s commercial and artistic appeal. Rolling Stone enlisted a director to document Rick Rubin’s return to Def Jam’s first office in Greenwich Village for the first time in 30 years.
The mini-documentary is called Rick Was Here and arrives as Def Jam is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Simmons, LL Cool J, Rubin’s college roommate Adam Horovitz, former Def Jam president Lyor Cohen and more reflect on Rick’s early work habits.