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.”