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Mike D Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Diamond
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Originally formed the Beastie Boys as a hardcore punk group with Adam Yauch (AKA MCA)
  • Switched the Beasties' sound from punk to rap once Adam Horovitz (AKA Ad-Rock) joined the group
  • Appeared as himself, alongside a number of other rappers and singers, in the hip-hop movie Krush Groove (1985)
  • The Beasties' 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill, sold several million copies and featured the smash single "Fight for Your Right
  • " In the early '90s, cofounded the Grand Royal record label, which released the Beasties' Check Your Head (1992), as well as albums by Luscious Jackson and Atari Teenage Riot
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Beastie Boys) in 2012