By Brian Ives for Radio.com
On the latest episode of the Play.It podcast I Am Rapaort, host Michael Rapaport interviews Michael Diamond, aka Mike D of the Beastie Boys in a freewheeling, nearly two-hour conversation that was recorded in front of an audience of 200 at the Sonos studio in Los Angeles.
While Rapaport seemed to have a negative attitude about the state of hip-hop today, Mike D said, “I like Drake! When was the last time someone made a diss record that was like, a top ten pop record? I have a lot of love for Drake coming out with a diss record.”
Rapaport countered, “Would you call that a diss record or a water gun fight record?”
Mike D responded, “Come on! ‘Hit ’em with the prenup’?” Diamond was referencing Drake’s “Back To Back Freestyle” where he raps, “And shout to all my boss bitches wifin’ n—–s! / Make sure you hit ’em with the prenup / Then tell that man to ease up,” a reference to Meek’s girlfriend Nicki Minaj, who Mill was opening for on tour this summer.
“He hit hard, and he didn’t tread lightly,” he said, quoting more “Back to Back” lyrics: “‘Is this a world tour, or is this your girl’s tour?'”
“This is real talk!” he continued. “If someone came at me with that, I don’t know what I’d do!”
Rapaport agreed and asked if the Beasties ever had a beef and if they recorded diss tracks. Diamond pointed out that they did have a beef of sorts with another trio, 3rd Bass, but there were no diss tracks recorded (although there were references to the rivalry on their albums). “It was no ‘Hit ’em with the prenup!'” Diamond laughed.
They also discussed one of hip-hop’s earliest beefs, between Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee, where the two actually faced off on stage. D suggested that lots of money could be made by arranging a similar battle in Vegas between Drake and Meek. As with many things that Mike D says, there’s a lot of snark in it, but any promoters listening to Rapaport’s podcast might want to consider having lyrical throw downs between rival MCs in Sin City.
Listen to the entire episode below.