Delicious Vinyl Founder Matt Dike Passes From Cancer At The Age Of 56

Delicious Vinyl Founder Matt Dike Passes From Cancer At The Age Of 56

Delicious Vinyl Founder Matt Dike Passes From Cancer At The Age Of 56

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Delicious Vinyl founder DJ Matt Dike created, sampled and spun records that helped to define underground Los Angeles hip-hop in the 1980s.

DJ Matt Dike might not have been a household name like DJ Premier or DJ Screw, but his work in hip-hop and the music industry created an indelible mark on the culture and Los Angeles as a whole. As the creator of Delicious Vinyl, his label helped to produce or co-produce some of the biggest rap hits to come out of the West Coast in the 1980s. That is why it is with sad news to announce his passing of salivary gland cancer at the age of 56.

Dike, whose death was announced on Tuesday via the label he co-founded, introduced the world to Tone Loc (“Wild Thing”) and Young MC (“Bust a Move”). A key figure in the creation of The Beastie Boys’ seminal 1989 album, Paul’s Boutique, Dike helped to define the sample-heavy mash-up style that bridged the gap between rap, punk, arena rock and pop.

Dike’s life was immersed in the culture and was fueled by creativity. At one point in his life he was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s roommate, he produced Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s only known rap song, and an owner of a store that documented and collected records, cassettes and videotapes of early New York and Los Angeles art and hip-hop. He produced the first-ever track to diss N.W.A. (Romeo and Master Rhyme’s “Crackerjack”) and served as a club DJ to Ice-T when he was trying to bust into the scene as an MC.

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Delicious Vinyl earned him million after which Dike retreated completely from public life. Surrounded by his collections, Dike would reach out to friends via text message, drive to Trader Joe’s for supplies and then head home. He remained a recluse until he died, but when he was out in his younger days, he got busy. From co-founding the L.A. club Power Tools, which at its peak connected people such as Andy Warhol, David Bowie with The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction.

“Matt was part of that mission statement [with The Bomb Squad], and for [his production] he’ll always be an important member of the hip-hop canon,” Eothen Alapatt of Now-Again Records, manager to Madlib and music historian said.

The tributes came in for Matt Dike from far and wide. Check out a few below.

Dog. This is crazy. So upset I never got to meet up/chat w #MattDike. Proprietor of @deliciousvinyl records. Creator of some of the most timeless fratty party hip hop ever (“Wild Thing” “Funky Cold Medina””Bust A Move”). Signing some stellar artists that were out of the norm at the time: #BrandNewHeavies #MellowManAce #ThePharcyde) but man, imo his crowning achievement was as one of the producers for one of THE greatest timeless hip hop albums ever #PaulsBoutique. It simply gets better with time (will be 30 years old in 2 years) it took 10 years to go double platinum and was considered a flop at the time of its release. But EVERY creative agrees that this album was not only @beastieboysofficial finest hour —but one of hip hop’s finest hours as well. It was my dream to nerd out and ask him (& the dust brothers too) about how they defied the laws of sampling gravity & made some of the most groundbreaking work ever. Rest In Beats.

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

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