Friday, May 4, 2012

Beastie Boys' MCA Dead: Music Community Bids Legendary Rapper Farewell

The music community came out in full force to mourn the loss of rap pioneer Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boyswho died earlier today (May 4), after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 47.

Many relied on Twitter to pay their respects, relate the impression he made upon their lives or quote his lyrics, from Hollywood directors to athletes, Ice-T and Snoop Dogg to Boy George and Duran Duran, old school rhyme partners like Rev Run to up-and-comers like his son Diggy Simmons.

For many, The Beastie Boys' debut Licensed to Ill provided an introduction to hip-hop and fans followed Yauch's transformation from hard-partying bad boy to Buddhist vegan, as we ourselves matured.

MCA, you will be missed.


  1. Joel Madden, who with brother Benji, formed the group Good Charlotte, posted a long note about Yauch and how the Beasties changed his life as a teenager. "We wanted to dress like them, talk like them, and we wanted to make music like them."

  2. Wrote Marlon Wayans: "Rest in peace Adam Yauch. Beastie Boys were always the "coolest whiteboys" when I was growing up. They erased color lines the opposite way"

  3. Justin Timberlake: "Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."