Michael Diamond

A founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Beastie Boys, Michael "Mike D" Diamond helped to bridge the gap between not only rock and rap but between black and white listeners with his group's irreverent, often ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (17)

Bad Words 2014 (Movie)

("Off The Grid") (Song)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

("Body Movin (Fatboy Slim Remix)") (Song)

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

("I Want Some") (Song)

This Means War 2012 (Movie)

("Sabotage") (Song)

30 Minutes or Less 2011 (Movie)

("Sure Shot") (Song)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("Make Some Noise") (Song)

Real Steel 2011 (Movie)

"Here's A Little Something For Ya" (Song)

Cop Out 2010 (Movie)

("No Sleep Till Brooklyn") (Song)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

("Groove Holmes") (Song)

17 Again 2009 (Movie)

("Drop") (Song)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

("Sabotage") (Song)

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

("Hey Ladies") (Song)

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

(Music)

Crossroads 2002 (Movie)

("So Have I for You (contains 'Car Thief')") (Song)

Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop 2001 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Best Men 1999 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)
Actor (10)

Catch My Disease 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Keep Your Eyes Open 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

Beastie Boys (Actor)

Moog 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ashtanga, NY 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grapevine 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie and the Cadillacs 1996 (Movie)

Coffee Bar Crowd (Actor)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

Beastie Boys (Actor)
Writer (1)

Unveiled 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Beastie Boys, Michael "Mike D" Diamond helped to bridge the gap between not only rock and rap but between black and white listeners with his group's irreverent, often surreal songs and music videos. Diamond co-founded the group as a teenager with Adam "MCA" Yauch, ushering it from a brief tenure as a punk act in the late 1970s to an early hip-hop act anchored by crude but deftly delivered anthems to debauchery like "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" They soon transformed themselves into a more mature, if still wryly humorous group that mixed their punk past with elements of jazz, electronica and heavy doses of samples from obscure records, earning Grammys along the way for the album Hello Nasty (1998) and its addictive single, "Intergalactic," and selling some 21 million records while wielding considerable influence on the next generation of rappers. Diamond became the group's business director, spearheading the launch of their Grand Royal record label and magazine, as well as co-founding the X-Large clothing line. The Beastie Boys came full circle in 2012 with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but with the death of co-founding member Adam Yauch only a month later, their career appeared to come to a close. But had Diamond never recorded another note with the Beastie Boys, he would still have had a quarter-century's worth of incredibly diverse popular music to his name.

Relationships

Davis

Son

Skylar

Son

Tamra Davis Director

Wife
Married in 1993

Mark Diamond

Father

EDUCATION

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie , New York

Milestones

2012

The Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2009

Group went into more experimental direction with eighth studio album Hot Sauce Committee

2008

With the Beastie Boys, won Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy for The Mix-Up (2007)

2004

Released chart-topping album To the 5 Boroughs

1999

The Beastie Boys won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Performance (Hello Nasty) and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Intergalactic")

1998

Added turntablist Mix Master Mike to band's lineup; released alternative-rap album Hello Nasty

1994

Group's fourth studio album Ill Communication landed at No. 1 on Billboard, thanks to lead single "Sabotage"

1994

Band headlined at Lollapalooza music festival

1992

The Beastie Boys formed own label Grand Royal; signed artists Luscious Jackson and Sean Lennon to its roster

1992

Returned to punk rock roots with third album Check Your Head, recorded in band's G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, CA; album featured hit single "So What'cha Want"

1989

Sophomore album Paul's Boutique released under Capitol Records

1986

Group released debut album Licensed to Ill under Rubin's Def Jam label; became first hip-hop album to top the Billboard 200 chart; included breakout single "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"

1985

Incorporated rap into group's sound; began longtime with DJ and producer Rick Rubin with the EP Rock Hard; band re-formed into a rap trio as Adam 'MCA' Yauch, Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz

1985

The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna's "The Virgin Tour"

1985

Appeared in the feature film "Krush Groove"

1983

Adam Horovitz joined group after Berry's departure

1981

Group performed first live show at Berry's loft

1978

Formed hardcore punk band The Young Aborigines in New York with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Adam Yauch; later renamed the Beastie Boys

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