On May 4th, 2012, the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. In honor of his legacy as both an emcee and social activist, community organizers in Brooklyn have begun holding MCA Day, an annual music and arts celebration that seeks to bring together “all lifestyles, sizes, shapes, and forms”.
That mission statement was no more on-point than during the festival’s third installment, which took place last weekend at the Littlefield Performance & Art Space. On the Friday before, organizers assembled a rather interesting promotional campaign: out of nowhere, a group of “Buddhist monks” descended upon Union Square and paid tribute to MCA by breakdancing to “Ch-Check It Out”. Imagine if they tried dancing to this music instead?
I can’t say if they were actual monks (though the shoes should be a dead giveaway), but the resulting performance was still a touching merger of Yauch’s love of hip-hop and devout passion for Buddhism. (Yauch began practicing in 1994, and later hosted several Tibetan Freedom concerts and formed the Milarepa Fund charity.) Plus, all those backflips are way more effective this morning than this energy-boosting smoothie I’m struggling through.
Catch the replay below: