Mike D
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Background information
Birth name Michael Louis Diamond
Also known as Mike D, Country Mike
Born November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20) (age 51)
Origin New York, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, punk rock, rap rock
Occupations Rapper, Musician, Songwriter, Drummer
Instruments Rapping, vocals, drums, percussion
Years active 1979–Present
Labels Def Jam Records
Grand Royal Records
Capitol Records
Associated acts Beastie Boys

Michael Louis Diamond, better known as Mike D (born November 20, 1965[1]), is a founding member of New York hip hop group the Beastie Boys. Mike D raps, sings, and plays drums alongside fellow members Adrock, MCA, Money Mark and Mix Master Mike.[2]


Mike D was born in Manhattan. Like the other members of the band, Mike is Jewish.[3] He is also a vegan. He attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York for six months.[4] In 1979, he 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 from the suggestion of their then-guitar player, John Berry, the band changed their name to the Beastie Boys.[5] By 1983, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) joined to form the lasting Beastie Boys trio, and their sound began to shift away from punk to hip-hop.[6] In 1992, Mike D founded the Beastie Boys now-defunct record label Grand Royal Records. In 1993, he married film director Tamra Davis. They have two sons.[7]


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