“Make it yours. That’s the thing that can change the world.” – Rick Rubin
One could say that such a quote fully embodies the spirit and divisive attention to creative detail that has defined Rubin’s storied, decades-strong career. The initial sparks of that career are documented in the brief but essential Rolling Stone documentary “Rick Was Here,” which crash lands on YouTube just as Def Jam celebrates its 30th anniversary. “Rick Was Here,” directed by Josh Swade, provides a rare revisit to Rubin’s NYU dorm room – the birthplace of Def Jam.