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Def Jam Founder Rick Rubin

Don't Ever Call Me Frederick

7/10/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Hip hop legend Rick Rubin has a way with music and words -- he launched Def Jam, after all -- but when it comes to his own name he needs a little help from a judge ... to change it.

Rubin's filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- to legally change his name from the one on his birth certificate ... Frederick Jay Rubin.

The famed producer -- who's worked with Jay Z, the Beastie Boys, Metallica, Neil Diamond and many many more -- simply wants to make his nickname all legal and stuff.

Yes, he's going from Frederick to Rick -- 'cause who'd work with Fred Rubin?

As for why 51-year-old FredeRick's making the dramatic change -- his rep had no comment. 

18 COMMENTS

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1.

Bridget    

He went Berzerk. Sorry, thought I would get it out of the way. Someone had to say it. :)

105 days ago
2.

Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Another white record label ceo promoting black filth.....

105 days ago
3.

TraceyLou    

This man is one of the few great people left in the music industry.

105 days ago
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All-star    

Don't forget Slayer!

105 days ago
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whiteblack    

Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick Frederick

105 days ago
6.

toomuch    

He's a poser and a thief.
Overrated in too many ways.

104 days ago
7.

I-See-Dumb-People    

From looking at him, you'd think he'd prefer the name Grizzly Adams.

104 days ago
8.

Mason     

He single handedly revived the career of Johnny Cash.

104 days ago
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JohnLennon    

He co-produced Eminems MMLP2 and in my opinion did an amazing job!!!!

104 days ago
10.

Ron Fing Swanson    

He is a god in beach town Maryland.

104 days ago

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