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Matt Dike, Rap Producer & Co-Founder of Delicious Vinyl, Dies at 55

Matt Dike, Rap Producer & Co-Founder of Delicious Vinyl, Dies at 55

Much of the Beastie Boys’ 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique” was recorded in Dike’s apartment.

Matt Dike, co-founder of hip-hop record label Delicious Vinyl and a contributor to the Beastie Boys’ iconic album Paul’s Boutique, died Tuesday (March 13). He was 55 years old.

Growing up outside of New York City in the 1960s and ’70s, Dike rebelled against the rigidity of his parents’ Jehovah’s Witness values, immersing himself in NYC’s music scene and taking the role of DJ at parties. He soon moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to expand his DJ brand and caught the attention of Mike Ross, with whom he later founded Delicious Vinyl in 1987.

The duo co-produced three major 1980s rap songs: Tone-Loc’s “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” and Young MC’s “Bust a Move.” Much of the Beastie Boys’ 1989 album Paul’s Boutique was recorded in Dike’s apartment. He brought a number of layering samples to the record.

According to the announcement on Delicious Vinyl’s site, Dike died “at home after a brief illness, with his brother Lane and sister Vikyana at his side.”

Questlove was among the artists and music industry peers who took to Twitter to pay respects to Dike. See some of the reaction below:

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