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R.I.P. Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch (of Beastie Boys)

on May 04, 2012, 12:58pm

mca adam yauch R.I.P. Adam MCA Yauch (of Beastie Boys)

Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch has died at the age of 47. According to an issued press release, Yauch passed away in his native New York City on Friday morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.

It was Yauch (aka MCA, aka Nathanial Hörnblowér) who after being inspired by a Black Flag show when he was 14 years old, got Michael Diamond (Mike D) and later Adam Horovitz (Ad Rock) to form the Beastie Boys in 1981. The band started as a hardcore punk group, opening for the likes of Bad Brains and The Misfits at the famed CBGB’s, playing loft and basement shows all around New York City and earning a reputation for one of the best party shows in the city. It wasn’t until 1984 when a 21 year old Rick Rubin asked to produce the trio’s work under his new label, Def Jam Records. Their first album, License To Ill, was released in 1986 and changed the face of hip-hop.

Yauch’s gruff voice appeared on every Beastie Boys release from License To Ill to Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2. Yauch also played bass on several albums, and directed most of the band’s videos under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér. Yauch was one of people behind the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1996, and dedicated much of his time advocating social justice for Tibet throughout his life, showing support and helping out Students for a Free Tibet and co-founding Milarepa Fund. In 2002, Yauch built his own studio in New York City called Oscilloscope Laboratories and began producing music and and distributing films, including his 2008 directorial debut, Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot, a documentary about high school basketball players.

In July 2009, Yauch revealed he had a cancerous tumor in his left parotid gland and began undergoing radiation therapy. Shortly after, the Beastie Boys canceled their tour and delayed the release of their next studio album.

Throughout his treatment, Yauch remained optimistic, frequently issuing health updates to his fans. However, he remained out of the public spotlight during last spring’s release of Hot Sauce Committee, Pt 2, and last month, he skipped the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, Mike D and Ad Rock paid tribute to him in his absence.

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Friend of the band
May 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Another great pioneer lost …love and peace to his family and Ad Rock and Mike D

MrN
May 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

R.I.P Adam MCA Yauch, you will always be remembered, the best musician in the world

So depressed
May 8, 2012 at 2:16 am

Just now hitting me. Thanks for the inspiration MCA, don’t worry your inspiration will live on- it already does.

Maud
May 5, 2012 at 4:51 am

 J’ai l’ impression d’avoir perdu un ami.

Jeff
May 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Somewhere upstairs MCA will be spitting out rhymes while Jam Master Jay will be scratching on the 1s and 2s

tim peters
May 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

 This one hits hard. It’s crazy too, cause I always knew he had cancer obviously, but I don’t think anyone expected him to succumb to it. RIP Adam, one of the true kings of old school hip-hop.

Migs
May 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thank you Adam Yauch.
One of my heroes goes.
Rest in peace my friend, or good luck with the new.

Hongo
May 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

MCA….A life of passion, love and peace… You are free.. and your memory will live on…OM…

Vexiles
May 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

peace bro.. the music lives on

Justin Smith
May 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Grew up listening to Beastie Boys….This hurts my heart. You will be missed Adam “MCA” Yauch

luigi
May 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Dear Adam:
Rap music & Hip Hop owe a lot to the Beastie Boys; have fun my friend, wherever you are!

Dlevin72
May 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

R.I.P. Adam-thank you for all you did, and for bringing so much joy. You will be missed.

Jesse Clark
May 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Posse will always be in effect. Thanks Adam.

Jordan Lang
May 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Dear Adam: you have helped me to realize my potential. Live on strong wherever you may be.

 So much love, Jordan

Jordan Lang
May 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Miss you already Adam. I know you are still here in some form or another……

RockmasterS
May 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

We’ll miss you Adam

Althegreat123
May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

 RIP MCA!

Rodrigo
May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Oh God no…

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