Delicious Vinyl Co-Founder Matt Dike Passes
Rest Of The Beats.
Matt Dyke, a producer and co-founder of the iconic Los Angeles Hip-Hop label Delicious Vinyl, passed away Tuesday (March 13). According to a press release, Dyke died at his home after a brief illness. He was 55.
Dam set Delicious Vinyl in 1987 with its co-founder Mike Ross. He produced timeless hits for everyone from the Beastie Boys to Tone-Loc. The second single, "Wild Thing," went on to sell over two million copies. Tone-Loc-platinum follow-up, "Funky Cold Medina" and Young MC's hit "Bust a Move" solidified the footprint of the legacy.
More in particular, Dam lent his sampling skills to Beastie Boys' second album, paul's Boutique, which was produced in his apartment, with production assistance from The Dust Brothers. The album is praised for being almost completely based on the example with the exception of Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D of the voices. Although it was initially considered a failure by Capitol Records, standards, since then it has gone double platinum and is considered one of the best Hip Hop albums of all time.
Although Dam left Delicious Vinyl in 1992, giving sole ownership to Ross, left an indelible mark on Hip Hop forever. The logo itself has become an icon and the music Dock to the left behind the marks of a permanent chapter in the Hip Hop history books.
Dyke is survived by his brother, his sister and his nephew.
Tributes have started to come in social media, including one of Questlove who regretted never being able to meet with him.
Dog. This is crazy. So upset I never got to meet/chat w #MattDike. Owner of @deliciousvinyl records. Creator of some of the most timeless fratty celebration of hip hop history ("Wild Thing" "Funky Cold Medina""Bust a Move"). The signature of some stellar performers that were outside the norm at the time: #BrandNewHeavies #MellowManAce #ThePharcyde) but man, imo, his greatest achievement was as one of the producers of one of THE most timeless hip hop albums ever #PaulsBoutique. Jus