These last three episodes of Season 1 will really chronicle the rise of hip hop. This week we are looking at the producer Rick Rubin, possibly the most prolific producer of all time.

He founded Def Jam Records and Def American Records, signing or producing for LL Cool J, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer, AC/DC, Joan Jett, Tom Petty, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Lady Gaga and literally hundreds more. He was instrumental in developing the sound of rap as distinct from hip-hop, starting the new school movement and the 'Golden Age of Hip-Hop'.

Playlists with all the songs from this week's episode can be found on Apple Music and Spotify under 'Sample Excavator Episode 1.8'

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Produced by Guy Tannenbaum 

Theme song by David Ramos  

We're nearing the end of season 1! Next week starts the two part season finale which will explore Nile Rogers' influence in the last four decades of music, from disco to hip-hop to EDM and pop. 

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