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R.I.P. Adam “MCA” Yauch Of The Beastie Boys

Adam “MCA” Yauch

Adam “MCA” Yauch

Various music media sources have reported on the sad news of the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch from legendary New York Rap group, The Beastie Boys. MCA passed away at age 47 on May 4, 2012 in Brooklyn New York after a tough battle with what he described as “terrible” cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node.,Yauch was first diagnosed and treated in 2009. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy. These procedures delayed the release of The Beastie’s  Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Capitol Records did eventually release the album in April of 2011. MCA was unable to appear in any music videos related to the project or tour to support the album. Despite his illness delaying The Beastie Boys’ last project, MCA is remembered by his millions of fans as part of one of the most influential figures in Hip Hop music MCA, along with his group mates, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz, forever have a place in Hip Hop history as one of the flagship acts on the now iconic Hip Hop labe, Def Jam Recordings. MCA and the guys opened the door for classic Def Jam performers like LL Cool J, EPMD, Public Enemy and many others. The Boys also were one of the first to work with Def Jam co-founder turned acclaimed record producer Rick Rubin, who would later make history with other acts as diverse as Run DMC, to Jay-Z, to Linkin Park, Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash and Justin Timberlake. MCA and the Beastie Boys also paved the way for other white rappers who would later go on to make a major cultural impact on the genre like Eminem, 3rd Bass and Kid Rock.

Rap Superstar turned actor and Def Jam Records alumni, LL Cool J was deeply saddened when he learned of MCA’s passing. See his touching emotional testimony about MCA and his influence on his career below.

LL Cool J Reacts To MCA’s Passing

Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons recently published the following statement on his web site, about MCA.

Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist, who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us.

In his passing, I want to share a yogic prayer.

This experience is tough for all of us to accept, but we know that we have only lost Adam in the physical world.  His gifts will live forever.  Adam is not dead because we’re not.  The eyes behind the eyes will always exist…your soul will always live.  Even though our bodies rejuvenate every single cell every seven years, our consciousness will exist for eternity.   There is one living, breathing journey of consciousness and we are all connected.  God is the everlasting ocean of consciousness and we are just cups of this ocean.  RIP MCA.

–Russell Simmons

Public Enemy front-man Chuck D also shared his thoughts on MCA’s passing with Simmons’

“Last night, I took a 14 hour flight to Sydney, Australia from LA, embarking on PE’s 80th tour in 25 years. I just landed to 65 texts with the news. Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago. They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then ’til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to lose many in your post-50 path of life. Still, I’m a bit teary-eyed leaving this plane. R.I.P. Adam aka MCA.”

MTV’s Sway Calloway also hosted a tribute to MCA on MTV, which firs aired on MTV Friday night.

Adam Yauch: Remembering A Beastie Boy

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Last but certainly not least, recently published a complete look back on MCA’s life in a full biography profiling all of his accomplishments seen below


It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.

With fellow members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums–including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band’s 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill–win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.

In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985’s Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.

In the wake of September 11, 2001, Milarepa organized New Yorkers Against Violence,