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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Rick Rubin