Dike and Michael Ross were the co-founder of hip-hop label Delicious Vinyl. The record label was found in 1987 and paved he way for many Dike-produced hits such as Tone-Loc’s “Wild Thing” and Young MC’s “Bust a Move.” Matt Dike was also involved in the creation of Beastie Boys’ 1989 sophomore album, Paul’s Boutique. Not only did he provide production for the project, a majority of the album was recorded in Dike’s apartment as well.
A press release from Delicious Vinyl reveals that Dike died at his home with his brother and sister at his side. Prior to his passing he was suffering a brief, unspecified illness.
Members of the music community, including Questlove and A-Trak sent their condolences and shared messages about his legacy. Read them below.
Matt Dike (1962-2018)
Rest in peacehttps://t.co/yF6wnqkS29
— Delicious Vinyl (@DeliciousVinyl) March 13, 2018
Dog. This is crazy. So upset I never got to meet up/chat w #MattDike. Proprietor of @deliciousvinyl records. Creator of some of the most timeless fratty party hip hop ever (“Wild Thing” “Funky Cold Medina””Bust A Move”). Signing some stellar artists that were out of the norm at the time: #BrandNewHeavies #MellowManAce #ThePharcyde) but man, imo his crowning achievement was as one of the producers for one of THE greatest timeless hip hop albums ever #PaulsBoutique. It simply gets better with time (will be 30 years old in 2 years) it took 10 years to go double platinum and was considered a flop at the time of its release. But EVERY creative agrees that this album was not only @beastieboysofficial finest hour —but one of hip hop’s finest hours as well. It was my dream to nerd out and ask him (& the dust brothers too) about how they defied the laws of sampling gravity & made some of the most groundbreaking work ever. Rest In Beats.
RIP Matt Dike. Delicious Vinyl! Paul's Boutique!! Damn..
— Strip Mall Karate (@atrak) March 13, 2018
R.I.P Matt Dike – co founder of @deliciousvinyl which was his version of a West Cost Def Jam. co producer of Paul’s Boutique (with The Dust Brothers) which along with De La’s 3 FT & JB’s Done By The Forces of Nature were all masterpieces in sample layering & ahead of their time. pic.twitter.com/YycSZ4S5X7
— DJ 7L (@DJ_7L) March 14, 2018
— DJ Eclipse (@ItsDJEclipse) March 13, 2018