SlamXSounds: Rick Rubin Takes Ice Baths And Meditates On Cliffs. Here Are 8 Ways You Can Be As Awesome As Him.
Train Like An Athlete // Men's Journal did a whole article on how Rubin lost 160 pounds in 15-months. Basically, he switched from eating surprisingly high-caloric vegan food and doing no exercise to eating special eggs and protein shakes and starting off his day with what sounds like a deceivingly intense workout.
Read that whole article, it'll make you feel bad about your daily pizza-and-TV lifestyle.
Take Freezing Cold Baths With David Blaine // When Rolling Stone asked him about his use of ice baths and how long he's able to stand them, he replied:
The longest I used to be able to do was five minutes, but then David Blaine came over and he got me to stay in for probably 12 minutes. He was telling me what was going on: "Your brain's triggering all these sensations that protect you from dying, but you're not dying — you can get out any time you want and you're safe." He made it OK.
...like a boss.
Don't Give A F*ck // Columbia Records basically hired Rubin as a consultant for their artists. What that actually means, though, is that Rubin works with whoever's down to listen to his advice and says f*ck it to those who aren't:
"[I] help good bands do great work. I have no interest in fighting. If someone brings me in to help make a change and inspire and make things better, I'm down. If someone brings me in to do that and then doesn't want me to do that, well, that's okay, too.".
Don't Shave // When he was still a young boy living on Long Island, Rubin was inspired by reading about yogis and their meditative techniques. At 23, he decided he'd never shave again. And he hasn't, opting instead for his now-signature tangled mane.
Be In Music Videos With Jay Z // "99 Problems". Yup.
Meditate and Eat Weird, Uber-Healthy Things // Much of Rubin's life has been inspired by his reading of yogis, but until recently he ate like crap. That was until he read John Robbins' Diet For A New America. If you're the kind of person who thinks LA peoples' health food obsessions are lame and crushing a million White Castle burgers is cool, just know Rubin's probably going to live to be 100 which is, itself, is great.
Ride In Cars With The Clipse // Street cred for days.
Live In A Famous Malibu Compound Called Shangri-La Ranch // It's A) Where Bob Dylan used to live. B) Where a million killer musicians have crushed out their work. And C) Called Shangri-LA Malibu, which is also, itself, killer.
Today is Rick Rubin‘s birthday. If you’ve ever read an article about him — of which there’s been a deluge ever since he showed up in Eminem‘s “Berzerk” music video — every journalist makes sure to start off with a pretty in-depth background about him. That’s because, though he’s produced some of the biggest albums of the last 30 years — Kanye’s Yeezus, Adele’s 21, and Johnny Cash’ career-resurrecting American Recordings are just a few — he has always played a behind-the-scenes roll.
He also co-founded Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons, basically invented the Rock and Rap cross-over sound, and played landlord to Bob Dylan who once spent a summer living in a tent in Rubin’s rose garden.
This isn’t an everything-you-need-to-know article about the 51-year-old. Instead, click through the gallery above for 8 ways you can be awesome like him.
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