R.I.P. Adam Yauch aka MCA

R.I.P. Adam Yauch aka MCA: Adam Yauch or as the world knows him MCA of the Beastie Boys passed away on May 4th 2012. Adam grew up in Brooklyn, NY and taught himself to play bass guitar. He formed the Beastie Boys with Michael Diamond, Kate Schellenbach, & John Berry which at the time was a hardcore punk band. The group soon made some changes and added Adam Horovitz, they switched up their style and entered the hip hop scenes. After getting inked to Def Jam Records they released their debut album “Licensed to Ill”. Yauch soon had a studio built in NY called Oscilloscope Laboratories and began to distribute independent films under Oscilloscope Pictures. He directed film from their concert shows to create “Awesome: I Fuckin’ Shot That!” and also directed “Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot” a film about basketball in NY.

His filming was second to the music which granted the Beasties a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. At this time Yauch was not feeling 100% due to a cancerous parotid gland and lymph node and was unable to attend the ceremonies. He had surgery and went thru radiation and even became vegan to help cleanse his body, but on May 4th 2012 his illness took him away from us. He will always be remembered for his hits with the Beastie Boys that are still played in heavy rotation today. Licensed to Ill had classics “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)”, “Girls”, “No Sleep till Brooklyn”, “Paul Revere), “Hold It Now, Hit It” and “Brass Monkey”. He will be remembered for hits from Pauls Boutigue their sophomore album which include “Shake Your Rump” “Egg Man” “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” “What Comes Around” & “Hey Ladies”. Their 3rd album Check Your Head featured “Jimmy James”, “Pass the Mic”, “So What’cha Want” and “Time for Livin”. Their fourth album Ill Communication will always be remembered for “Get It Together”, “Root Down” “Sure Shot” and “Sabotage”. Together they dropped 4 more albums which all have songs that we can remember MCA on such as “Body Movin'”, “Three MC’s and One DJ” and “Intergalactic”. Today we should play as much Beastie Boys as possible in remembrance of Adam Yauch.

Johnny V

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