The rapper and producer says he wanted to make the song 'bump more'
Beastie Boys‘ Mike D has remixed Portugal. The Man’s track ‘Modern Jesus’.
Click above to listen to the remix of the song, the original of which features on the band’s 2013 album ‘Evil Friends’. Speaking about the band and his version of the song, Mike D commented: “I was talking to a friend who happened to work at the band’s label about stuff I was listening to. I mean we do this often, and I mention the ‘Evil Friends’ album. He hit me back right away asking if I would do a mix, so it was no doubt. I knew I wanted to do the song and push it, make it bump more, trap that shit out.”
John Gourley of Portugal. The Man responded by saying: “Mike D, he gets respect. The Beasties introduced us to the world that existed outside of Alaska, and we lived by it. We have referenced Beastie Boys on every album we have made. The dude is a Beatle, in our book, and to get to work with a guy like Mike D is and always has been at the top of our list since we were kids.”
Over the summer Mike D released his first new music since the death of bandmate Adam Yauch. The producer and rapper uploaded a 10-minute-long mix to his Soundcloud page under the name Humberto V New Reactionaries. The mix was inspired by hardcore bands such as Black Flag and Bad Brains as well as trap, the aggressive strand of hip-hop made popular by the likes of Gucci Mane and Wacka Flocka Flame.
New Reactionaries is a name Mike D has used to make music under before, while Humberto is a Japanese fashion designer for Kenzo, the label the mix was made for. Speaking to Kenzo, Mike D said he “wanted to honour what he (Humberto) was inspired by: American hardcore like Black Flag, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks but then I wanted to update it, or maybe couldn’t help but to update it.”
Meanwhile, Mike D and his Beastie Boys partner Ad-Rock have reportedly signed a deal to release their memoirs in 2015. Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of Beastie Boys died in 2012. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and succumbed to the disease on May 4, 2012, aged 47.