Beastie Boys member talks drugs & fame with Tony Hawk

Beastie Boys’ Mike D talks with Tony Hawk about drug use during their rise to fame, chucking rocks at one another at the MTV VMAs and everyone in China thinking Christian Slater is the best skater.

Matt Simeone
February 28, 2021

Throughout their iconic careers, the Beastie Boys rapped about, among countless other things, skateboarding. The hip-hop pioneers helped introduce skateboarding culture to people around the world, so it’s no surprise that one of their fans is skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.

The Beastie Boys’ Michael “Mike D” Diamond sat down with Hawk for an exclusive interview on on Faction Talk (Ch. 103) about the group’s drug use, Christian Slater’s cult skateboarding movie, and more!

Tony Hawk and Mike D talk about drug use and fame


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