Remembering Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys

Remembering Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys

New York City : NY : USA | May 05, 2012 at 2:24 PM PDT
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Yauch's spokesperson has confirmed that the musician, also known as MCA, died Friday morning in New York after almost a three-year battle with cancer.

According to, Madonna paid tribute to Adam Yauch by praising his abilities and said, “He was one of a kind, and that the group was integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time." Moreover, Madonna expressed grief over Yauch's death and prayed to God to bless his family. In 1980s, The Beastie Boys gave opening performances for Madonna on her concert tour.

Coldplay also acknowledged Yauch with another version of The Beastie Boys' hit "You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party" on Friday night during their sentimental musical performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Chris Martin sang and played the piano.

"We're sending all our love to the Beastie Boys," Martin said after the performance. The crowd also cheered and sang along in the heartfelt tribute.

The Mets paid homage to the New York music icon by playing Beastie's music when they walked up to the plate during their match against Arizona. David Wright usually walks up to the Beastie's “Sabotage,” but he used “Brass Monkey” on Friday.

Under the alias MCA, Yauch formed part of the band that eventually became The Beastie Boys and they sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

In 1979, The Beastie Boys started out as a hardcore punk group, but changed to hip hop in 1984. Two years later they released their highly appreciated first album titled License to III, which included hit songs like "You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn". Mixing guitars with hip-hop music, Licensed To III went to become the first rap album to top the US charts.

If Adam Yauch had not been a brilliant music video director, established an influential film company, founded the Milarepa Fund and worked as a philanthropist, even then he would still be regarded as a true legend who deserves honor and acknowledgement for his extensive musical and cultural work.

Adam "MCA" Yauch's death leaves a huge hole in pop music. Though over the course of 25 years the band released only seven hit albums, their impact has been tremendous.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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