Beastie Boys Member Adam Yauch (MCA) Dead at 47
Adam Yauch, better known as MCA died this morning after battling cancer for the past three years. Yauch was diagnosed with parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 and underwent surgery and radiation therapy.
MCA co-founded the groundbreaking punk/hip hop/rap rock group, Beastie Boys with Mike D (Michael Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) and Mix Master Mike (Michael Schwartz) in New York. Although the group was initially formed as a hardcore punk band, they are one of the longest lived hip hop acts worldwide.
Their debut studio album Licensed to Ill, released in 1986 was the first hip hop LP to top the Billboard album chart, and it became the best-selling rap album of the 1980s.
The Beastie Boy eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was released in May 2011. MCA (Adam Yauch) wrote and directed the comedic short film, “Fight for Your Right Revisited” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original video’s release. The video serves as a short film for the single, “Make Some Noise” from Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.
The band has been selected as part of the 2012 induction class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being eligible since 2007.
Rest In Peace MCA and thank you for your amazing contributions to music!