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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"
    sash
    +7
    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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  • Padding... Truth M... 2012/05/07 23:38:31
  • Padding... Truth M... 2012/05/07 23:05:10
  • Truth M... Padding... 2012/05/07 23:27:22 (edited)
    Truth Matters
    Where is your evidence Atheist???

    Why do you demand physical evidence of the non-physical? I can't fix stupid
  • Truth M... Padding... 2012/05/07 23:33:27
    Truth Matters
    Science, logic, Mathematics and reason rest on philosophy.
    You have no excuse Atheist.
    You also have nothing to defeat these arguments and evidences.
    You also have no arguments to justify your Atheist belief.
    Your belief is mindless. Mine is justified in arguments and evidence you cannot defeat. That's reality clown
  • Steven sash 2012/05/06 10:15:59
    Steven
    +2
    lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • *~The Doctor's Rose♥~* 2012/05/05 23:28:59 (edited)
    "Sabotage"
    *~The Doctor's Rose♥~*
    +3
    Aww that's sad :( R.I.P. Adam.
  • Liz Del Rey 2012/05/05 23:19:47
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Liz Del Rey
    +3
    My teacher, some friends, and I were blasting this song yesterday when we were driving around in the parking lot
  • Flip-182 2012/05/05 21:41:28
    "Intergalactic"
    Flip-182
    +2
    Very sad news, may he rest in peace. Sabotage also rocks.
  • Howling Hank 2012/05/05 21:38:10
    "Intergalactic"
    Howling Hank
    +2
    The songs listed are pretty damn good and some are classics but my favorite is gotta be "Intergalactic" that video and lyrics are just pure fun:
    " Your knees'll start shaking and your fingers pop
    Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock "
    Classic.
  • The Mosher 2012/05/05 21:01:25
    "Fight for Your Right"
    The Mosher
    +2
    bummer
  • trentinafur 2012/05/05 20:41:44
    "So What-cha Want?"
    trentinafur
    +2
    this was the 1st Beastie Boys song to go on my iPod. Way back when. Still my favorite after all these years. And the video....classic. Goes perfectly with the song, as is the case with so many of BB videos.

    And yes cancer does suck. It's so random. So effing random...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  • Rammstein 2012/05/05 20:28:43
    "Intergalactic"
    Rammstein
    +3
    sad sad day
  • zack jones 2012/05/05 18:42:13
    "Sabotage"
    zack jones
    +4
    Hip hop legend! RIP MCA!
  • Mixxty 2012/05/05 18:33:45
    Other...
    Mixxty
    +4
    Paul Revere, not the best but has and always will be my favorite Beastie Boys song. RIP Adam
  • Steven Mixxty 2012/05/06 10:17:10
    Steven
    +2
    Completely forgot about that one. That's a classic!
  • Just Another Girl (5) 2012/05/05 18:15:48
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Just Another Girl (5)
    +2
    And Paul Revere.... I loved all of their songs. What a horrible loss :-(
  • NickTheAceBassist 2012/05/05 16:46:09
    "So What-cha Want?"
    NickTheAceBassist
    +3
    Even though my favourite album is Licensed to Ill, the organ licks and hard guitars on this song make it one of their best.
  • ☆SPIDERPIECES☆: HERO of PHAET 2012/05/05 15:51:33
    Other...
    ☆SPIDERPIECES☆: HERO of PHAET
    +3
    Pass The Mic

  • vinone 2012/05/05 15:45:15
    Other...
    vinone
    +3
    Paul Revere, Unite, and pretty much every other song, I absolutely love the Beastie Boys, horrible loss....
  • Bruce 2012/05/05 14:56:03
  • Sadisticon 2012/05/05 14:49:44
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Sadisticon
    +3
    Man, life is short. My youth is over. Brooklyn lives forever.
  • Anya Ovseenko 2012/05/05 14:48:00
    "Brass Monkey"
    Anya Ovseenko
    +2
    R.I.P...he will missed...truly...
  • Bowman 2012/05/05 13:36:33 (edited)
    Other...
    Bowman
  • Vieuphoria 2012/05/05 12:55:19
    "Sabotage"
    Vieuphoria
    +2
    Was such a sad day for music. Thanks for everything Adam. Rest In Peace.
  • Werewolfgirl1995 2012/05/05 07:57:27
    Other...
    Werewolfgirl1995
    +2
    I'm not really a fan of their music but Watcha Want is kinda good
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2012/05/05 07:57:14
    "Brass Monkey"
    jerry.alan.carroll
    +3
    Brass monkey...why, becuase that one got them on the map first.
  • Corsair 2012/05/05 07:36:09
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Corsair
    +2
    I like No Sleep till Brooklyn, So what-cha want, Intergalactic, and Sabotage.

    RIP MCA. A true pioneer to his work and dedication to hip-hop.
  • Helmholtz 2012/05/05 07:23:27
    Other...
    Helmholtz
    +1
    Ugh -- I think I hate all of their songs.

    I'm sorry to hear the man died though. Kind wishes to his people.
  • RoseyRhod Helmholtz 2012/05/06 06:00:18
    RoseyRhod
    +2
    Thank you for being real. It's cool if you don't like their music, not everyone has the same tastes. But you were decent and respected him as a human being anyway. Peace.
  • mel-lee 2012/05/05 06:08:07
    "Sabotage"
    mel-lee
    +1
    Love it
  • Brian Tristan MacQuillan 2012/05/05 05:07:30
    "Sabotage"
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +1
    Sabotage is brilliant!

    R.I.P. Adam Yauch
  • Rar 2012/05/05 05:07:22
    Other...
    Rar
  • GeminiWolf 2012/05/05 04:29:27
    "Girls"
    GeminiWolf
    +3
    :( RIP
  • 3003573 2012/05/05 03:33:24
  • Hebsi 2012/05/05 03:23:39 (edited)
    "So What-cha Want?"
    Hebsi
    +2
    But I love em all! Here's another great Beasties song:

  • THB306 2012/05/05 03:13:15
    "Fight for Your Right"
    THB306
    +1
    RIP MCA.
    Although I didn't care much for The Beastie Boys, their songs are infectious and get stuck in your head.
  • Christmas; In Chrome 2012/05/05 03:11:58
    "Brass Monkey"
    Christmas; In Chrome
    +2
    Damn. Another one down. Rock in peace
  • Tarheel 2012/05/05 02:48:35
    "Intergalactic"
    Tarheel
    +2
    I sometimes use "Intergalactic" to teach my students "dialect."
  • blackrings70 2012/05/05 02:44:42
    Other...
    blackrings70
    +1
    ALL OF THE ABOVE!! RIP ADAM!!!!
  • Mopvyto 2012/05/05 02:40:24
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Mopvyto
    +1
    Beastie Boys - no sleep till brooklyn (Lyrics)


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