Mike D Tells Q-Tip That Master Tapes Of Beastie Boys' 'License To Ill' Have Disappeared
The Beastie Boys’ debut album was the first rap LP to top the Billboard album chart.
Beastie Boys member Mike D has revealed that the master tapes for the trio’s debut album, License to Ill, are lost.
Speaking with A Tribe Called Quest‘s Q-Tip on his Beats 1 show “Echo Chamber,” Mike D said that no one can the masters for the album.
“No, License to Ill, we don’t have. License to Ill, like nobody can find it — I’m not even lying,” he said when Q-Tip asked if he has the masters for License to Ill or Paul’s Boutique. “You know that Def Jam sh** is all f**ked up. Nobody can find anything.”
“Rick [Rubin] doesn’t have any of it?” Q-Tip asked.
“No…Literally nobody can find s**t,” Mike D responded.
Elsehwere during the “Echo Chamber” show, Q-Tip talks about appearing on the Beastie Boys track “Get It Together,” which was on Ill Communication.
Mike D and Ad-Rock recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the album with a new documentary. Titled Still Ill, the almost 14-minute-long doc features interviews from the remaining Beastie Boys members, as well as archival footage from the set of the Spike Jonze-directed video for “Sabotage.”