ADAM RAUCH OF THE BEASTIE BOYS DEAD AT 47.
Being mostly a casual fan of The Beastie Boys over the past few decades and not following them much at all in the past decade I was stunned to hear that Adam had passed. It’s shocking when someone who seemed so vibrant and is your age is suddenly gone. Godspeed.
Rest in Peace MCA. Time to crank some “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn!”
Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the popular and pioneering rap group Beastie Boys, died today (May 4) after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. The bold use of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Aerosmithsamples on their first album, 1986’s ‘Licensed to Ill,’ helped introduce a whole new generation to hip-hop. The group would expand their sound by adding live instruments – MCA was one helluva bass player — and successfully weave rock, funk, jazz and punk influences into their later albums. Yauch’s friend and peers took to Twitter immediately to express their love and sadness for this recently inducted member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: