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Beastie Boy Gives Hollywood Hills a Good Rap

August 17, 2000|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Beastie Boy Mike Diamond, who suffered a shoulder injury in July that forced a postponement of the group's 45-day "Rhyme & Reason" tour with Rage Against the Machine, has purchased a Hollywood Hills home for about $2 million.

Diamond, 34, dislocated his shoulder and damaged his clavicle as well as several muscles and tendons while bicycling through New York City.

The 13-date tour, scheduled to start Aug. 2 in Toronto, was delayed at least eight to 12 weeks as "Mike D," the group's drummer and a rapper, underwent surgery. A specialist recommended that he refrain from all physical activity for two to three months.

His new 10,000-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and a guest apartment. The walled and gated estate, on a hill, also has a pool, pool house and panoramic city views. The home was built in the 1920s.

The Beasties, who started out in 1981 as a punk band in New York, embraced hip-hop in the mid-'80s, expanding what had been considered a musical fad to a white suburban crowd. The group's album "Licensed to Ill" was the first rap record to top the national pop chart.

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Sisqo, the 23-year-old singer known for his massive hit "Thong Song," has leased a Mulholland Drive home at $50,000 a month, short term.

The five-bedroom house comes furnished, complete with artwork. Built in the 1990s, the three-story, gated mansion also has seven baths, a gym, spa, screening room and pool.

Sisqo, also known as Mark Andrews, released the solo album "Unleash the Dragon" late last year. "Thong Song," one of the songs in the album, became a major hit, helping to push the album into the Top 5 on the chart.

Sisqo also had the No. 1 song, "Incomplete," in the Top 10 Singles for Southern California, published Aug. 5.

The singer, with short-cropped silver hair, has been part of the popular R&B vocal group Dru Hill, which also features Larry "Jazz" Anthony and Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin.

Elaine Young and Gail Landry, both with DBL in Beverly Hills, had the listing, other sources said.

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Actor-comedian ANT, who played the role of Barry Wallenstein on the WB's sitcom "Unhappily Ever After" (1994-'97), has purchased a former Hollywood Hills home of Hollywood screen legend Hedy Lamarr.

Built in 1945, the three-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot house, with views of the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Park Observatory, was bought for $500,000.

The actor, who legally changed his name to ANT, also portrayed the flamboyant Tre in the movie "Twin Falls, Idaho," which screened at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ANT, in his late 20s, owns ATM Systems, which provides entertainment content to the Internet.

Steve Frankel of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, represented ANT in his purchase.

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Hot Property runs Thursdays in SoCal Living and Sundays in Real Estate. Ryon may be reached at ruth.ryon@latimes.com.

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