Rubin worked with Slipknot and Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz in 2004, and with Weezer, System of a Down and Neil Diamond in 2005. 2006 marked Rubin's 20-year collaboration with Slayer, for whom he produced Christ Illusion, as well as a 15-year association with the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- he turned the knobs on their Stadium Arcadium release, which hit No. 1 in May. That same year, he produced the Dixie Chicks' No. 1 smash Taking the Long Way, Courtney Love's How Dirty Girls Get Clean, Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds, and American V: A Hundred Highways by the late Johnny Cash. His credits for 2007 include album production for Metallica, U2, Linkin Park, and Velvet Revolver. Rubin grew up in Lido Beach, New York. His father was a shoe wholesaler and his mother a housewife. While a student at Long Beach High School he befriended the school's AV Director Steve Freeman who gave him a few lessons in guitar playing and songwriting and helped him create a punk band called "The Pricks". At school, Rubin was unpopular among the other musicians. During his senior year Rubin founded Def Jam records using the school's four track recorder. Moving on to New York University he played guitar in an art-punk band called "Hose", influenced by San Francisco's Flipper. In 1982, Hose became Def Jam release #1, a 45 rpm 7" vinyl single in a brown paper bag, and no label. The band played in and around the NYC punk scene, toured the Midwest and California, and played with seminal hardcore bands like the Meat Puppets, the Circle Jerks and the Butthole Surfers. The band broke up in 1986 as Rubin's passion moved towards the NYC Hip Hop scene.