Genuinely saddened to hear of the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch, certainly one of the voices of my generation.
From the Guardian:
“Rapper Adam Yauch, a third of the trailblazing hip-hop act the Beastie Boys, has died aged 47.
Yauch, who performed as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009 after discovering a tumor in his parotid gland.
The band’s management posted a lengthy statement on the Beastie Boys website:
It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.
Initially dismissed as a trio of jokers who scored a fluke novelty hit with Fight for Your Right (To Party) on their 1986 debut License to Ill, the Beastie Boys would grow into one of the most ambitious and influential acts of the 1990s.
The densely layered followup to their jokey and spare debut was 1989′s Paul’s Boutique, a postmodern hip-hop masterpiece that was largely ignored at its release. Today the Dust Brothers-produced record is considered a seminal album that would hint at the genre-bending direction 1990s pop was heading.
Subsequent records Check Your Head and Ill Communication found an instant foothold in the mainstream, however, propelling the band to stratospheric stardom.
Their lyrics were packed with goofy couplets, in-jokes and pop-culture references. And each of the Beasties cultivated distinct personas and vocal deliveries that meshed well together and could stand alone.
Yauch’s voice was mellow, gravelly and gruff – sandpaper and warm beer – allowing him to play both the shady drifter (Paul Revere) and loveable buddy (“My man MCA’s got a beard like a billy goat”).
In addition to his career in music, Yauch was a film-maker and passionate Buddhist and defender of Tibetan rights. Yauch directed many of the band’s music videos under the name Nathanial Hörnblowér, including So What’cha Want, Intergalactic and the more recent Make Some Noise.
Yauch, who is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel, wrote a letter to his bandmates and fans for last month’s hall of fame induction: “I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike,” he wrote. “They walked the globe with me. It’s also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours.”"
So here is one of my favourites:
- Adam Yauch Of The Beastie Boys Dies at 47 (eurasiareview.com)
- Adam “MCA” Yauch, RIP (boingboing.net)
- Reports: Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, 48, dies of cancer (pbpulse.com)
- Adam “MCA” Yauch Of The Beastie Boys Passed Aways At Age 47 (blackrockstar.wordpress.com)
- Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (mca) Dies at 47 (mediocrityisthenewgenius.com)
- Beastie Boys Co-Founder Adam Yauch Dead at 48 | Music News | Rolling Stone (rollingstone.com)
- Report: Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch Dead at 47 (muhsadam.wordpress.com)
- Beastie Boys Member Adam Yauch Dead at 47 (abcnews.go.com)