Beastie Boys’ Mike D Scores Kenzo Fashion Show

By Andrew Christina

After a legendary career that shaped the music scene and inspired rebellious teens everywhere, one Beastie Boy has found a new way to contribute to pop culture—through fashion. Mike D created a 10-minute soundtrack for the fashion label Kenzo to use during their Men’s Spring/Summer 2014 Show.

The legendary Beastie was introduced to the creative directors for the Paris-based fashion label through a mutual friend, Spike Jonze. Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim asked Mike D to create a track “inspired by the Californian scene.” Mike wanted to put a new spin on the music Leon was inspired by.

“I definitely shared Humberto’s passion for American Punk and that raw energy, and I think that informs the collection and the soundtrack I did,” Mike said in an interview posted on Kenzo’s blog.

The resulting soundtrack is called “Humberto Vs. The New Reactionaries (Christine and the Queens Remixx).” The punk/trap-inspired piece has a raw quality that Mike says shares the same “hot beats and energy” as the fashion label.

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