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Production Credits:

Mike on the Mic Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP, July 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers. Recorded at Mario G's, mixed at Record Plant. Engineered by Mario Caldato, assisted by Allen Abrahamson. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "At the Fever" by LoveBug Starski
  • Lloyd Lindsey Young - a WWOR weatherman in Secaucus, New Jersey


  • Red Lobster - an American seafood restaurant chain
  • Raymond Burr (1917-1993) - a character actor, famed for mainly playing bad guys and later, a crime-solving lawyer
  • The Village - Greenwich Village, a lower Manhattan neighborhood

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "It's a trip, it's got a funky beat, and I can bug out to it" - a sample of Lloyd Lindsey Young



"...a selection of snippets of New York life loosely bound together by their shared brevity; it forms a sort of final summary of what Paul's Boutique is all about" - paraphrased from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998


Released Versions:

Mike on the Mic
Mike on the Mic (Instrumental)


No Known Performances in Concert.
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