Mix Master Mike
(born Michael Schwartz
in 1970) first attracted attention as a member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz
, one of the most acclaimed DJ collectives of their era -- three-time winners of the annual world scratching competition, they were eventually barred from entering as a result of a lack of any solid competition. Debuting in 1996 with Michristmasterpiece Muziks Worst Nightmare
's skills eventually brought him to the attention of the Beastie Boys
, who recruited him to serve as the DJ on their 1998 LP, Hello Nasty
, and on tour; his second solo record, Anti-Theft Device
, appeared that same summer.