Mike D Takes 5 with five songs for the five boroughs

This morning was one of those bucket list Take 5s for Australia’s Tripe J radio station. Mike D, one third of Beastie Boys and born and bred New Yorker, came in to Take 5 with the soundtrack to his city.

Five songs for five boroughs was the theme we gave him, and he knocked it outta the park.


From Biggie’s Brooklyn tales to the rock ‘n’ roll lights of Manhattan, we heard Queens represented by one of the greatest debut albums of all time and got our funk on in the Bronx with ESG. I’d wondered what the sleepiest borough would bring, forgetting that one of the greatest hip-hop crews of all time came from there. Enter the Wu-Tang. 

Along the way we crossed time and geography, and found out what Mike D’s musical plans were for the future. This morning’s Take 5 was all time. Did you miss it? No probs, it’s streaming in full, right above this. And if you wanna get inside the mind of Mike D even more, check out #43 of Monster Children which he’s guest edited. It’ll make you wanna be Mike D.

Here’s what he played:

1. Notorious B.I.G. – ‘Juicy’ (Brooklyn)
2. The Strokes – ’12:51′ (Manhattan)
3. Nas – ‘N.Y. State of Mind’ (Queens)
4. ESG – ‘Moody’ (Bronx)
5. Wu Tang Clan – ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ (Staten Island)