ADAM Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper and the most conscientious member of the seminal hip-hop group, has died. He was 47.
Yauch’s representatives confirmed that the rapper died on overnight in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.
Also known as MCA, Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009. At the time, Yauch expressed hope it was “very treatable”, but his illness caused the group to cancel shows and delayed the release of their 2011 album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2
He hadn’t performed in public since 2009 and was absent when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock `n’ Roll Hall of Fame last month.
– Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch dies aged 47 (2012-May-05)
The bad news from the weekend with MCA losing the fight with cancer has prompted this weeks Music Monday.
The Beastie Boys are an American hip hop group from Manhattan/Brooklyn, New York City. The group consists of Michael Diamond, known as Mike D (vocals, drums), Adam Horovitz known as Ad-Rock (vocals, guitar), and Michael Schwartz or Mix Master Mike (turntablist). The Beastie Boys formed as a hardcore punk band in 1979, appearing on the compilation cassette New York Thrash, before recording their first EP Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop 12″ Cooky Puss, the group transitioned to hip hop in 1984 and released a string of successful 12″ singles. The Beastie Boys toured with Madonna in 1985, and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill. The group had sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, “the biggest-selling rap group” since 1991.
And now for some music …
Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
Your mom busted in and said, “What’s that noise?”
Aw, mom you’re just jealous it’s the Beastie Boys!
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
♫ Born and bred in Brooklyn, the USA
They call me Adam Yauch, but I’m MCA
Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon
I sip the def ale with all the fine women. ♫