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A member of the Beastie Boys, Mike D has demonstrated his talents as a rapper, crafting clever quirky and often humorous lyrics.
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While the business had some great successes over the years, the label had to fold in 2001 because of financial difficulties.
Mike D was instrumental in launching another business in the 1990s. He helped create X-Large Clothing and remains an investor in the company to this day. Also around this time,
Mike D created the persona of Country Mike and recorded a few country songs on his own. He has worked on other musical projects as well. He appeared on a tribute album for the Germs and produced a spiritual album with guru Bhagavan Das.
Along with the other Beastie Boys, Mike D has been a strong supporter of the Tibetan Freedom movement. The band has staged several concerts over the years to raise funds and awareness regarding the treatment of the Tibetan people by China. He also helped out his own town by appearing at the New Yorkers Against Violence Concert in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Mike D is also active in environmental causes. In 2003, he worked with singer Alanis Morissette and others to get Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles removed from his post. The group thought that Griles was doing a poor job of overseeing the country's national parks. In 2007, Mike D and his bandmates appeared at Live Earth London, part of series of concerts to raise awareness about climate change.
Mike D is married to director Tamra Davis. The couple has two sons.
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