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Mikey D & The LA Posse


Mikey D & The LA Posse – “Bust A Rhyme, Mike
from Bust A Rhyme Mike / My Telephone 12″ (Public Records, 1986)
Bonus Beat: Mikey D – “Freestyle
unreleased (1984)

Here’s a record I got a compelling request for a long time ago and only recently got around to ripping. It was from a head who apparently used to rhyme around the way with Mikey and found my playlists on a google search. Enjoy!

Mikey first appeared as the male foil on Symbolic Three’s Doug E. Fresh diss cut “No Show”. Then he dropped a string of singles on Public Records, many of which were produced by the late Paul C (If you don’t know, now you know). This was the first of those. This also is one of the records with Paul’s name on it that doesn’t cost several hundred dollars.

So yeah, Mikey kinda sounds like LL Cool J, huh? Well rumors has it that Mikey traveled in the same Queens circles as LL and actually taught L to rhyme. More random nerdom – that’s none other than sometimes Roots member Rahzel on the beatbox. The godfather of noyze got his start with the LA Posse (and then joined the Vibe Khameleonz, but I guess that’s a post for another day) before gaining fame as THE BEST HUMAN BEATBOX IN THE WORLD.

I wish I had more info on Mikey and didn’t have to distract you by writing about the careers of who he worked with. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot out there. I’m not even sure where this freestyle came from. I do know that in the mid-90s Mikey D replaced Large Professor on the almost never released second album, Fuck What You Think, but that’s about it.

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21 Responses to “Mikey D & The LA Posse”

  1. Robbie Says:

    There was an interview with Mikey in Rap Pages when he joined Main Source where he breaks down his history with LL, claiming that LL used to wear tight gym shorts and rock a perm with a headband or some shit. Basically he claims that he was the “cool” one who LL got his whole style from. This led to him making “I Get Rough” which takes shots at the lip-licking lathario.

    Mikey also won the 1989 NMS MC championship against Melle Mel, but Mel started doing push-ups and then grabbed the belt from Mike and jetted out of the building, unchallenged. Mikey claims that he got the belt back a few weeks later….

    I’ll let you know if I find that interview, it’s hilarious.

  2. MAAD Says:

    Someone on another board claimed he knew him and that he had an unreleased album he did with Paul C…

    But I doubt will ever hear that anyway…

  3. Merv Says:

    How could you post up Mikey D and not post My Telephone?!? Color me disappointed. Otherwise, a damn good post.

  4. faux_rillz Says:

    Robbie–I remember the interview you’re talking about. Mikey claimed that the perm/headband combo caused uncle L’s eventual hair loss and that that was the reason why he never took his hat off.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    LOL @ faux_rillz comment.

    sumbuddy was just talking bout this cat on Okayplayer taday, great coincidence cuz I was wondering HOW SIMILAR they actually sounded…

  6. Dase2 Says:

    Bust a Rhyme Mike is produced by Paul C…didn’t someone try to sue LL in the 80′s when he blew up sure it was an old friend of his …he claimed he had written many of LL’s first raps in LL’s grans basement or something like that…Mikey D quality post !

  7. delve1der Says:

    keep that shit coming, money. it’s tucked away hip-hop tidbit nerdery that gets me geeked. let them know something about the vibekhameleonz. that is serious business.

  8. thedvs01 Says:

    i like how the title track on that rahzel album samples the mc shy-d track that got posted not too long ago
    im sure yall already knew/noticed that tho

  9. quimby Says:

    coincidentally, Mikey D replied to that post in Crunkster that you have linked. He has a site and is releasing a documentary. Peep it, maybe you want to contact him: http://www.1stthought.net/

  10. Anonymous Says:

    wonder why then, LL made it Mikey didn’t

  11. noz Says:

    russell simmons?

  12. charlie blimey Says:

    Mikey D’s Dawn was voted 9th best hip hop song of all time in a pole done for a hip hop show on Piccadilly Radio, England back in 1987. Number One? Rock The Bells.

  13. O.W. Says:

    My fave Mikey D cut is the one where he bounces on “Brickhouse.” I need to find that shit…

    I think it might be high time for another Soul Blunts collabo (apart from you subbing for me, I mean).

  14. joe aka kung fu Says:

    this is joe aka kungfu, i lived in laurelton queens and was in the break dance group…the md(micheal and danna) breakers(85-87). razel was our beat and mikey was the rapper along with a singing trio. we did alot of shows…..after 87 the group broke up and mikey d and razel did there thing.
    if you want to know more about the mikey d and razel before they blew up, hit me up…. this sight is very informative.
    peace out!

  15. 40K Says:

    Peace ya’ll,

    I am Mikey D’s manager and it’s good to see that real Hip Hop heads are still talking about the lyrical genius.. There is a documentary about Mikey D in the works, but we had to take a little hiatus. Right now, we have a “Best Of Mikey D” CD that’s taking the streets by storm. We are in the process of creating a paypal account and selling it over the net. If you live in NYC and would like a copy, you can e-mail me at mark40kill@aol.com. Yo Joe Kungfu, Mikey is here with me as I’m typing this and he says he doesn’t know you from them days. He and Rahzel never had a group together (they just did “Dawn” together). I hope you’re not that dude Joe Inc that be frontin’ about Mikey D. A brother by the name of Rob from unkut.com posted something about Mikey… He can verify that I’m the real deal as he just conducted a phone interview with Mike 2 weeks ago while Mikey was at my crib. Anyway… Mike is doing well and he is still one of the sickest MC’s out there.. We are in the porcess of putting out the “Best Of Mikey D” part 2. Check http://www.1stthought.net for updates about Mikey. By the way, he and LL are cool nowaday… the beef they had was teenage egos!

    One,

    40K

  16. christ Says:

    remember lot’s of the same dirt lord kcb dave cambria dj mark wisdom sounds craig aka c love home coming at virgina u. the saab in the ditch 40 killer mark yea i’m that guy. Holla back !

  17. COUNTRY Says:

    W.T.F.!!!!!! WHEN YALL SEE MIKE SAY THIS……….. PHENOMINAL FOUR!!!!!!! THEN SLAP HIM AND ASK HIM WHERE THE HELL IS MY AUTO GRAPH!!!!! I SEE ALL THESE BLOGS MIKE THIS AND MIKE THAT…… BUT WHAT I DONT SEE IS HOW 0-70 PERCENT OF THE RAPPERS TODAY DO NOT GIVE THIS MAN CREDIT FOR THEIR CAREERS!!!!! NOW FAMOUS RAPPERS CAME TO QUEENS FOR THE TENNIS COURTS JAMS 50-100 DEEP AND MIKE STILL ROCKED THEM IT IS A SHAME A CREW FUCKS SHIT UP FOR THE TALENT!!! CASE IN POINT…. REMEMBER THE REAL SHUG NIGHT…… LESTER HE WAS SOO GREEDY THAT THE DUDES FROM HOLLIS FELT THAT IT IS ONE THING TO LOOSE TO THE 9TH GRADER BUT DUDE WAS HOLDING BACK ON THE CASH? SO THEY DECIDED TO DO THERE OWN THING AND THE GREATEST RAPPER TO WRITE RHYMES DROVE AWAY IN HIS CHEVY AND GOT ENOUGH CASH AND BROUGHT HIS OWN GETTY! LINDEN AND BAISLEY!!!!!!! SO WHEN YALL DO THIS DOCUMENTRY YALL BETTER KEEL IT 100!!!! TELL MIKE ….. WHEN HE SAY BOOM …I’LL SAY BASH! ONE

  18. Goo/laurelton Queens Says:

    Much love Mickey D from a homeboy Goo Rappermatical 5 MC’s this rap things goes so far back that alot of you would’nt understand.one thing i could say about mickey d he would battle anybody cause he was nice with it.also for the record he was one of the first rapper in queens to be on wax.

  19. Kevin Beacham Says:

    MC GOO! Rappermatical 5 “Party People” is my joint! I’ve been trying to track you guys down for years. If you check this out please hit me up to do an interview: kevin@rhymesayers.com.

    I’m going to be in NYC Next week and would love to catch up then if possible. Peace.

  20. CHILLIE "C" Says:

    Chillie “C” Rappermatical 5 I agree with Goo these ols battles in queens go back so far…there was so much people dont really know about the behind scene…Mickey D would def hold his own with anybody

  21. andrew greenstein Says:

    ask mikey D if he remembers— battling GREENIE — outside of WBAU in 1989
    greenie took him out — and 20 years later, became an apprentice of KRS-ONE w/ the “IT’S ALL GOOD” CD

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