RIP Adam Yauch (AKA Beastie Boys’ MCA)

The bad news via Global Grind:

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys has passed away at the age of 47. GlobalGrind has confirmed this very sad news.

One of our heroes, Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away this morning after a long bout with cancer.

Yauch was a member of the groundbreaking, incredibly innovative and creative group, The Beastie Boys, with his two friends, Mike D and Ad-Roc, which changed our culture forever…

[continues at Global Grind]

For those who’d like to remember MCA in his prime, here’s Fight For Your Right (Revisited):

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  • mole_face

    This caught me completely off guard. It’s not easy to shock me, but my jaw dropped when I read this. I knew Yauch was struggling with cancer, but for some reason I had absolute faith that he’d recover from it.

    I’ve been a fan of the Beastie Boys since I first got into music back in the mid 90s. I’m really glad that they were able to release one last great album together before this happened.

    Everyone should disregard that lowbrow joke song “Fight For Your Right” and remember the Beastie Boys for the revolutionary “Paul’s Boutique” and everything they’ve put out since then. The whole organic scratchy low-fi instrumental hip hop sound that they pioneered on “Check Your Head” and continued on “Ill Communication” and “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2″ was completely unique and didn’t sound like anyone else in hip hop that’s come out before or since.

    RIP MCA and the Beastie Boys. 

    • CP

      I felt the same way you did!  I figured his surgery was just a bump in the road.  Oh, and here’s a write-up of how the Beasties themselves thought about “Fight For Your Right”:

      Featured on the Beastie Boys’ debut album, Licensed to Ill
      (1986), “Fight for Your Right” was the group’s first hit and helped
      establish the persona of the badass, take-no-shit, hard-rocking party
      boys that they totally weren’t, at all.

      In fact, the Beasties hated the whole rocker scene, feeling it was
      populated by obnoxious, testosterone-laden douchebags. They wanted to
      poke fun at mindless party anthems like “Smoking in the Boys Room,” so they cut the lyrics to “Fight for Your Right” as an in-joke before going on tour.

      Their producer, Rick Rubin, added some drums and a blaring guitar
      riff and released the track, which soon became a big hit. Thinking the
      song’s success was hilarious, the Beasties made what they assumed was an
      equally ridiculous video to go along with it.

      This, shockingly, is disingenuous.

      Slowly, they began to realize that the whole “parody” part was lost
      on most of the listening public, and the majority of their newfound fan
      base was now made up of the same toolbags they were making fun of.

      The kind who would happily waste good pie.

      Despite being the song that put them on MTV, the Beastie Boys
      publicly denounced “Fight for Your Right” and haven’t performed it live
      since 1987. They would not be the first or the last band to find out
      that the whole “make an intentionally stupid song mocking other bands”
      thing can come back to bite you …

  • Bunnyofthekungfu

    What a great man, with talent and a sense of humor.

    One of my favorite clips of him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfyMv5mG_Z8

    Nathaniel Hornblower foreva

  • shawn

    I’m not really a fan of the beastie boys but this surprisingly makes me feel very sad… They are a fun bunch and he wasn’t even 50 yet… I wonder what this means for the future of the band..

  • Rickenbacker4001

    Paul’s Boutique floored me as a kid. It took lots of spins to absorb it. I’m still hearing new gems and tidbits listening to it in the present.

  • Bodhisattva Vow

    RIP to a unique spirit,  beautiful mind and talent.  I didn’t really get the beastie boys until the check your head album and from then on I understood they were evolving constantly and in love with their craft and creativity period.  Consummate artists.  MCA Thank you for all of your deft delivery, and sharing your personal development with your fans.  Truly a pioneer of Hip Hop culture.  

  • tooCents

    I used to wonder what the Beastie Boys would be like as Beastie Senior Citizens. Now, that can never happen.
    He had a cool life tho! And here’s to that. Great performers and great music. I’m going to listen to some from my collection.
    “Gratitude”

  • Nostromo Operator

    Thanks, disinfo.  None of the other news sources are reporting on this. Is it that THEY don’t want us to know the truth? 

    Oh wait, no, this is just regular entertainment news that can be found everywhere. OH YOU! 

  • Anarchy Pony

    This kind of makes me feel old. Weird.

    • Adamsshadow

      My sentiments exactly.

      When your teenage musical icons start to die, not from drug overdoses, or shootings, or psychological/emotional issues, but from fucking cancer, it definitely makes you realize that you are not a kid anymore.

      RIP MCA.

      Oh, and “Sureshot” is definitely my favorite Beasties jam.