Adam Yauch Dies at 47: What's Your Favorite Beastie Boys Song?

Music 2012/05/04 18:00:00
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Adam Yauch, better known as MCA, one-third of the legendary Brooklyn hip hop group The Beastie Boys, passed away on Friday. He was 47 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but Yauch announced in 2009 that he was being treated for cancer. At the time, press was calling the tumor in his parotid gland "very treatable." Yauch remained hopeful, and in 2010 wrote that he and his friends were meditating twice a day "with a wish for all beings to be cured of all illnesses and to find true lasting happiness."

Yauch came up with the idea to form a hardcore band with Michael "Mike D" Diamond and two other friends, and they played their first show on his 17th birthday in 1981. Yauch played bass. After gaining momentum in the hardcore scene, the third lasting member of The Beastie Boys, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz replaced the group's guitarist and they began to shift from hardcore to hip hop. In 1986 they released their first full-length album, "Licensed to Ill." It became the first hip hop album to top the charts. Over the course of their career, the group won three Grammys.

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  • sash 2012/05/06 00:09:44
    "Fight for Your Right"
    I remember being 18, driving around with License to Ill in the cassette player! I have been a Beastie Boys fan since then, that's 26 years and then kept making great music, doing great things and being really great people.
    You know what makes me sick? Adam Yauch was a really talented guy, an activist, a philanthropist and widely respected and known as a sweet guy. He didn't do drugs, He was a family man, He was never involved in a scandal, he was a buddhist and spoke about peace. The TV has barely mentioned his death. Now if a freakshow like Michael Jackson dies, it's big news. If a celebrity with well documented drug problems and marital problems and behaves like a train wreck dies like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse, it's a really big deal for days it's all you see on TV.
    Adam Yauch was an amazing person with a career spanning 33 years, the Beastie Boys have sold over 40 million albums, they have won grammy's and MTV awards. Adam organized the Tibetan Freedom concert. The Beastie Boys were just inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year. Adam was extremely involved in many charities and was an activist.
    This is the kind of person we should be hearing about instead of 24/7 for days coverage of celebrity train wrecks death.
    I guess if it's not sexy it's not news and we have gotten to the point where most people would rather hear about or watch a scandal than honor someone who was a good person.

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  • conservyT 2012/08/15 15:57:48
    "Brass Monkey"
    This song takes me back to my Jr. High School days…

  • DemonChild 2012/07/20 01:55:45
    The Bass in that song.
  • Asa 2012/06/15 01:36:31
    "Fight for Your Right"
    I love "Fight for Your Right".
  • Gothpirate 2012/06/01 15:54:57
    Open Letter to the City of NY
  • Lucid 2012/05/12 14:25:02 (edited)
    so many great tracks, but the reverse bass line on this track kicks ass. RIP MCA

    the Beastie Boys are awesome. The sound of a generation
  • Ari 2012/05/10 00:34:29
    Paul Revere all the waaaaaayyyyy
  • Elizabeth 2012/05/09 17:53:23
  • BRIDGET 2012/05/09 17:45:29
    "Fight for Your Right"
    WOW-I MUST BE GETTING OLD-I WATCHED "fight for your right" on mtv in the '80's
  • TheyCallMeTayFo, 2012/05/08 19:41:25
    # MC's & a DJ 3 mcs and a dj
  • johnnyg 2012/05/08 16:00:33
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    I still have the "Licensed to Ill" cassette!
  • conservyT johnnyg 2012/08/15 16:00:17
    I do too...
  • hellocello 2012/05/08 05:48:01
    "Fight for Your Right"
    It's the first song by them I ever heard when I was a little kid
  • PrettieReptar 2012/05/07 21:57:37
    "So What-cha Want?"
    Tough call. I own most of their albums.

    RIP MCA.
  • smitty 2012/05/07 18:17:06 (edited)
    "I grabbed two girlies and a beer that's cold" To be young again.

  • Lucid smitty 2012/05/12 14:38:00
    I also love the line 'One lonely beastie I be'
    dunno why, it just works.
  • scbluesman13 2012/05/07 17:20:30
    Off their "mix-up" album: The Cousin of Death

  • BigKwell 2012/05/07 16:56:37
    Bye-bye Yauch.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/05/07 16:24:16 (edited)
    There are so many. The BBoys brought a creative edge to the music scene that nobody else did in their time. I met them when I was 13 years old and still have a picture of me and Adam sitting together in their tour bus in Florida. Great group of guys.
  • MorganRae 2012/05/07 15:55:01
    followed by NO...SLEEP.....TILL BROOKLYNN!!!
  • Aksana 2012/05/07 15:01:27
    like it alot
  • ronbo 2012/05/07 14:26:02
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    I loved that song. RIP Adam.
  • Christy 2012/05/07 07:31:55
    I will miss you adam!!!!!!!!!!!<3 Sabatoge was my first Beastie Boys song, and it has been my fave since<3 RIP MCA
  • apostate 2012/05/07 06:19:46

    I can only feel gratitude for an artist that enriched my teen years so very much.

    R.I.P. Adam.

  • sally 2012/05/07 05:48:42
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    It sucks he was such a great person it even made my mom cry because she loved their music. I get my old music tastes from her and the Beastie Boys were one of the many old bands she had me listen to growing up. I hope his family can get past this tragedy and I hope others will listen to their songs and see how awesome they really were.
  • Fariborz-Zak 2012/05/07 04:39:32
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    2010 2011 and now 2012 bad years for Celebs.
  • Funky Monk 2012/05/07 02:36:32 (edited)
    Funky Monk
    I was never too keen on his music, but I've heard nothing but good things about Adam. It's sad that such a great person's life was cut so short...
  • biizkit 2012/05/07 02:08:26
    "Brass Monkey"

    come on ya'll its time to get nice :'D R.I.P MCA
  • seasmoke70 2012/05/07 00:51:11
    "Fight for Your Right"
  • Green Living Guy 2012/05/07 00:51:01
    "Sure Shot"
    I saw him at the Run DMC Beastie Boys concert in Madison Square Garden 1988. Since then I've always been a Beastie. RIP Adam..
  • DP 2012/05/07 00:11:12
    "Fight for Your Right"
  • EmilyRutkowski 2012/05/06 22:50:52
    I love ALL the songs!
    x all the y
  • marchantmarchant 2012/05/06 22:38:00 (edited)
    "Fight for Your Right"
    It is truly sad and hopefully former Beastie Boy founder Adam Yauch, icon and hip hop legend is finally at peace after suffering so tragically. Adam will always be remembered for his charitable works and creative genius. Another artist, gone far too soon. Hopefully you are somewhere in a better place where you don't have to "Fight for Your Right to Party". :) Deepest condolences to Adam's family and friends. adam yauch
  • HelmetGirl 2012/05/06 22:29:50
    "Fight for Your Right"
    I loved the Beastie Boys! They were all about fun. Pure entertainment! He will be remembered.
  • Stan Zebell 2012/05/06 18:50:22
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Stan Zebell
    Used to drive truck. As I was cruising along I80 in PA I'd pop this in and blast it...kept me going.
  • tatilee(: 2012/05/06 18:07:08
    "Hey Ladies!" gotta love them(: R.I.P MCA!
  • KendraTaylor 2012/05/06 16:32:20
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    RIP! I meant to choose Intergalactic, the opening is just amazing. I hope he's amazing remixes with legendary musicians in the Heavens!
  • PumpkinMuncher 2012/05/06 15:05:53
    "Brass Monkey"
    The ironic this is that the Beastie Boys actually hate the song Fight for your Right. The whole song is making fun of that lifestyle, but instead it became a huge hit. They even quit playing it at shows.
  • 001 2012/05/06 14:03:03
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/05/06 13:16:17
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Andy Fletcher
    I've always liked this one. It's been on my YouTube as long as I've been favoriting.
  • CFlyJuice 2012/05/06 12:56:07
    "Shake Your Rump"
    KILLER baseline!


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