Today part of my child and adulthood left planet earth. One third of a group that helped to shape Hip-Hop and many music lovers (and skateboarders) lives.
Adam Yauch aka MCA will always be heard by people who love the material by the Beastie Boys, but it is those that don’t delve beyond ‘Fight for your Right’ and ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ that need to reconsider studying the growth and diversity of this trio.
Adam Yauch battled cancer of the throat and and on this day, 4th May, passed away. At the moment of writing this post it is not 100% that it is cancer that came back but that aside it is a very, very sad day.
My personal experiences based around the Beastie’s material run deep. From the inclusion of their stuff on Plan B skateboard videos to the listening of the ‘Check Your Head’ tape cassette until it burnt out. Very fortunate to have seen them live on a couple of occasions, bought all their vinyl, CD’s, then downloaded all the stuff again for my iPod… bought the mags they were in, bought Adidas Campus trainers because they wore em… the list goes on and on and on.
So when I say that I was crying when I read the news on Twitter I can back that up and tell you that I wasn’t ashamed to. MCA was the last of the Beastie Boys that I warmed to as a fan because Adrock always had that front and coolness which made him stand out and Mike D seemed like the boss who you had to respect. Adam Yauch on the other hand was the man in the background, the man who actually had the voice that made the Beastie Boys complete. Such a voice in fact that it became better with age… just listen to ‘To the 5 Boroughs’.
I don’t want to go on and on because I’d just be taking content from Wikipedia and the likes so I will finish up by saying thank you Adam Yauch … one third of the pioneering group that moulded ‘Generations’. You are already missed, look after him whoever has his hand… you have hold of a legend.
R.I.P. Beastie Boy ‘Adam Yauch’ aka ‘MCA’ 1964 – 2012
“MCA Come And Rock The Sure Shot”
“I Want To Say a Little Something That’s Long Overdue
The Disrespect To Women Has Got To Be Through
To All The Mothers And Sisters A And The Wives And Friends
I Want To Offer My Love And Respect To The End”