Mix Master Mike

by ethnic on October 17, 2015

Skullcandy Mix Master Headphones Launch Party - Arrivals

Birth Name: Michael A. Schwartz

Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 4, 1970

*Filipino (mother)
*German or German Jewish (father)

Mix Master Mike is an American turntablist, hip hop DJ, and producer. He is well known as being the DJ for the rap group Beastie Boys. His mother is Filipino. His father is said to be of German or German Jewish descent.

Growing up in San Francisco, he met his then-rival DJ Qbert, and the two formed a DJ crew that dominated the world DJ competitions in the early 1990s. Interestingly, his DJ crew, The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, are all of Bay Area Filipino descent. While the Beastie Boys all have/had Jewish ancestry.

Source: Jewish Community of Solano County by By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Rachel Rae Moncharsh-Lessem and Shoshana Deutscher-Nurik

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Freerk May 16, 2017 at 10:03 am

…and “Schwarz” is not a Swedish name, the Swedish word for “black” is “svart”, so your Stefan Schwarz is definitely of German/Jewish German ancestry. And “Hans-Jürgen” is definitely German too; Swedish would be Jörn, Jöran, Goran and others.

Freerk May 10, 2017 at 11:30 pm

Sorry, please omit “Schwartz” in the first brackets, the number only refers to “Schwarz”.

Freerk May 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Sorry, please omit “Schwartz” in the first brackets – the number only refers to “Schwarz”.

neiltennant April 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Schwartz is a typical Jewish name

there are not so many non-Jewish Schwarzes or Schwartzes in germany

Freerk May 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm

Yes and no.

“Der Nachname Schwarz steht an 19. Stelle der häufigsten Namen in Deutschland.” (“The surname Schwarz/Schwartz ranked at number 19 of the most common names in Germany.”) (Number 21 in Austria.) (https://www.bedeutung-von-namen.de/bedeutung-des-nachnamen-schwarz)

http://forebears.io/de/surnames/schwarz shows about 125,000 people with the surname Schwarz in Germany; that’s more than all Jews in Germany and five times the number of all other “Schwarzes” in the world (20,000 in the US, no one in Israel).

I think one can say “Schwarz” a typical (common) German name – perhaps including German Jews. ;-) Because it means black (hair, usually), it’s probably a bit more common with Jewish Germans than non-Jewish Germans. (Another meaning as a local name is less specific.)

The variety “Schwartz” on the other hand is more common in the US than in Germany; that may be a result of trying to preserve the German pronunciation in an English speaking country though. The numbers are quite reverse than with “Schwarz” (100,700 in the US, about 13,000 in Israel and Germany). That may mean that the typical Jewish variety of the German name “Schwarz” is “Schwartz” (which is also the Jiddish variety of the colour black).

andrew May 11, 2017 at 4:56 am

There are also “Schwarz” in Sweden:

andrew May 11, 2017 at 4:57 am

But he appeared to have a German father

Freerk May 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

Yes, Forebears is not complete. For example my family doesn’t exist there. :( But I think one can use it as approximation to the real proportions.

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