Beastie Boys’ Mike D inspired by TNGHT and trap, ‘excited about making new stuff again’
With the passing of Adam Yauch last year, Beastie Boys members Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond are still making music. In May, Diamond was commissioned to score a piece for a fashion house. Surprisingly, he decided to draw on trap influences, citing TNGHT and Chief Keef. Merging punk with trap, Mike D produced “Humberto vs the New Reactionaries: Christine and the Queens Remixx” as the soundtrack for the 2014 Spring/Summer Collection.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of the trap music the kids like these days. I’ve gotten really into it. Shit is tight! It’s interesting – it’s the first time in a while I feel like hip-hop has returned to its raw, stripped-down, drum-machine roots. At the same time, it’s not retro, and works in a club setting.”
Mike D discusses playing an all-trap DJ set at the event’s afterparty, impressed and revitalized by the crowd’s reaction. Now, he’s “excited about making new stuff again.” This wouldn’t be the first hip hop legend to discover a warm welcome from the trap community. After Just Blaze’s recent success on “Higher,” a Beastie Boys/trap amalgamation sounds poised to be intergalactic.