Born on November 20, 1965, Michael Louis Diamond, famously known as Mike D, is an American rapper and the founding member of the hip hop group called Beastie Boys. Mike D’s father was an art dealer, and his mother, an interior designer. Surrounded by arts since he was little, he even went to arts-oriented Saint Ann’s School and Walden School in New York. So, it’s no surprise that he went on to pursue a career in a more creative field. Michale raps, sings, and knows how to play the drums. Keep on reading if you’re wondering about his career and net worth, we have all the details for you.
How Did Michael Diamond Earn His Money?
In 1979, when he was just 14, Michael co-founded the band The Young Aborigines. In 1981, Adam “MCA” Yauch became the bass player for the band, and on the suggestion of then guitarist John Berry changed their name to Beastie Boys. In 1983, Adam Horovitz (King Ad-Rock) replaced John Berry, and the group transformed their sound from punk to hip-hop.
Beastie Boys went on to release eight studio albums, with the first one being “Licensed to Ill” in 1986. The success of this album was followed by “Paul’s Boutique” in 1989, “Check Your Head” in 1992, “Ill Communication” in 1994, “Hello Nasty” in 1998, “To the 5 Boroughs” in 2004, and “The Mix-Up” in 2007. The band released their last studio album in 2011 by the name of “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.”
In 1992, the Beastie Boys founded the now discontinued record label and named it Grand Royal Records. The group has sold more than 22 million records in the U.S. and 40 million records around the world, making them the highest-selling rap group since Billboard began recording sales. Seven of their albums have received the platinum status, and in 2012, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, being only the third rap group to receive such an honor.
Although the band disbanded in 2014, after the death of bassist Adam “MCA” Yauch, the remaining members still do work on different projects together that don’t involve making records. The group has released a memoir, a photo book, and will release their documentary ‘Beastie Boys Story’ on Apple TV+ on April 24, 2020.
Michael recorded and released a few songs in 2013, but now, he mostly works as a producer for other bands. He has worked with the American rock band Portugal. The Man and produced the English punk-rock duo Slaves’ second studio alum by the name of “Take Control.”
Mike D Net Worth 2020
The 54-year-old has made a massive fortune for himself with the help of his long-lasting career in Beastie Boys. With eight hit albums, countless tours and concerts along with his job as a producer now, Michael Diamond or Mike D, as of 2020, has an estimated net worth of $90 Million.
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