Mike D

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Michael Diamond
Michael Diamond 1.jpg
Diamond in 2007
Background information
Birth name Michael Louis Diamond
Also known as
  • Mike D
  • Mike Diamond
  • Country Mike
  • The King of Lunch
  • Meshach
Born (1965-11-20) November 20, 1965 (age 52)
New York City, United States
  • Rapper
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • drummer
  • fashion designer
  • Rapping
  • vocals
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts
Website beastieboys.com

Michael Louis Diamond (born November 20, 1965),[1] better known as Mike D, is an American rapper and founding member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. Diamond raps, sings, and plays drums.[2] He has provided remixes for Moby and Björk.


A product of the arts-oriented Saint Ann's School, Diamond was born in New York City to a Jewish household.[2] In 1979, Diamond co-founded the band The Young Aborigines. In 1981, Adam Yauch, aka MCA, a friend and follower of the band, became their bass player, and on the suggestion of their then-guitar player, John Berry, the band changed their name to the Beastie Boys.[3] By 1983, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) joined, and their sound began to shift away from punk to hip hop.[4]

In 1992, Diamond founded the Beastie Boys' now-defunct record label Grand Royal Records. He is also interested in interior decoration, and designed Brooklyn-themed toile wallpaper; it was used in the renovation of the Marquee nightclub in Chelsea, which reopened in January 2013.[5][6]

A year after the passing of Yauch in 2012, Diamond told Rolling Stone he was "excited about making new stuff again" and released "Humberto Vs the New Reactionaries (Christine and the Queens Remix)" in July 2013.[7] A remix of Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band's "Bad Dancer" by Diamond and Adam Horovitz was streamed online in August 2013. The pair is credited with "additional beats, programming and other curve balls".[8] In October 2014, Diamond stated that he had been working in the studio with American rock band Portugal. The Man as a producer.[9] He has also produced English punk outfit Slaves' second studio album, Take Control, which was released on September 30, 2016.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 1993, Diamond married film, television and music video director Tamra Davis; they have two children, Davis Diamond and Skyler Diamond.[11]


with Beastie Boys


  1. ^ "Beastie Boys Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Beastie Boys MTV Bio". MTV. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ "More Rhymes Than Grey Hairs". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Beastie Boys Biography". Xfm London. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Mulcahy, James (January 17, 2013). "Marquee Unveils Complete Remodel on Ten-Year Anniversary". Zagat. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Zara, Janelle (January 17, 2013). "Beastie Boy Mike D's Designs Embellish Marquee's Bathroom Walls". Artinfo. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Beastie Boys' Mike D: 'I'm Excited About Making New Stuff Again'". rollingstone.com. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ TheFutureHeart (August 5, 2013). "Preview New Iggy Pop Plastic Ono Split 7"; Ono Songs with tUnE-yArDs, Lenny Kravitz". thefutureheart.com. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ CNN (October 13, 2014). "A surprising home for a Beastie Boy". Retrieved July 8, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ "Slaves announce full details of Beastie Boys produced new album Take Control". HMV. August 12, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Tamra Davis". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 

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