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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  • Che Guevara - Hero 2012/05/05 02:38:23
    "Brass Monkey"
    Che Guevara - Hero
    Many moons ago I saw The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Fishbone on the "License to ILL" Tour at the Bayfront Center, in St Petersburg, FL. I've been a BB fan ever since.
    License to Ill
    Damn, that was 1987...I must be old. lol
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/05 02:35:34
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Did not like the Beastie Boys.
  • some idiot who thinks he kn... 2012/05/05 02:32:37
    some idiot who thinks he knows everything

    I cried. I'm still really. This day was happy before I just heard the news on the radio. One of the most relevant and important groups ever, is now done. We'll miss you so much Adam.
  • Kaldensor 2012/05/05 02:22:32
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/05/05 02:11:02
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    Sad news. I like a lot of their tunes, but my favorite album was a compilation of music they had made....no lyrics. For the life of me, I can't remember the name of it. A friend of mine had it. It showed they were musicians as well. Funky beats. Basic, but funky.
  • Maleficent 2012/05/05 02:08:47
    "Brass Monkey"
    my favorite.
  • a7xwckd 2012/05/05 01:35:58
    R.I.P. MCA
  • Recruit 2012/05/05 01:13:20
    47 yrs old and he croaked...his fight to paaartaay didnt last very long
  • Mopvyzo... Recruit 2012/05/05 03:50:07
    Mopvyzo USA
    Everyone dies. We are all going to die some day.
  • Crime Time 2012/05/05 00:51:00
  • U Mad Bro? 2012/05/05 00:46:45
    U Mad Bro?
  • Sean McDonald 2012/05/05 00:42:32
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Sean McDonald
  • Kyra 2012/05/05 00:41:47
  • Vinny 2012/05/05 00:32:03
    "Fight for Your Right"
    R.I.P Adam Yauch what a sad loss!!
  • harasnicole 2012/05/04 23:37:37 (edited)
  • melly~thwarting Satan since... 2012/05/04 23:26:13
    melly~thwarting Satan since 1971
    The Sounds of Science.

    And Galileo dropped a orange.
  • jacob crim 2012/05/04 23:25:21 (edited)
  • Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of P... 2012/05/04 23:24:03
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
  • HippiesKnowAll 2012/05/04 23:19:25
    "Brass Monkey"
    Rest In Peace MCA. Your music will live on!!
  • SODAHEADSHEAD 2012/05/04 22:51:57
    uhhh..intergalactic!! yeah!
  • Old Nellie Bones 2012/05/04 22:47:29
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Old Nellie Bones
    RIP Adam "MCA" Yauch.
  • retrograve 2012/05/04 22:42:36
    "Brass Monkey"
    It's between that and Intergalactic.
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2012/05/04 22:34:19
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    RIP MCA... you will be missed.
  • Boris D. 2012/05/04 22:28:45
    Boris D.
  • Farbiger 2012/05/04 22:24:03
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Cuz you got to fight! For your right! To paaaaaaaartaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... Lol My dad got me hooked onto that song. XD
  • Mike 2012/05/04 22:15:28
    great spoof on 70's movies and TV
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2012/05/04 21:59:22
    "Brass Monkey"
    Harley Squiggles the God \(#o#)/
    Awww, man. R.I.P. MCA. You really will be missed. <3 <3 <3 And I always loved "Fight For Your Rights" and "Brass Monkey". Two of the best songs my ears have ever witnessed. :)
  • Empress 2012/05/04 21:43:57 (edited)
    "Hold It Now, Hit It"
  • Captain Christopher 2012/05/04 21:43:04
    Captain Christopher
    Beastie Boys-RHYMIN & STEALIN to TIME TO GET ILL!!!
    Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA R.I.P.
  • Aly Hart 2012/05/04 21:27:58
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Aly Hart
    I don't even care much about the song, it's the video. So stupid but so funny.
  • AmericanVirus 2012/05/04 21:22:12
    mfw Fight For Your Right is their most popular song, but they can't stand it
  • susan BN-0 2012/05/04 21:21:23
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    susan BN-0
    That Is sad news,RIP Adam.
  • Jenn 2012/05/04 21:19:17
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Best road trip song. Many memories.
  • Fun-Betty 2012/05/04 21:17:39
    The whole "Licensed to Ill" album.
  • djaxster 2012/05/04 21:15:27
    "Sure Shot"
    The beastie Boys were one of the first rap Supergroups to visit the UK and they caused Front page news after a reporter from The Daily Mirror went to one of their gig's and was shocked about caged go go girls dancing in their under-wear( Isn't that what every female artist does now). The parents of the UK were outraged by this band and don't mention the uproar of VW owners who would come out and see their badge missing and loads of lad's walking around with them round their neck's.

    I absoultely loved the Beastie Boys( cos they pissed my step mum off) And MCA was my fave.
    Rest in peace Adam "MCA" Yauch and love to his wife and daughter.. MCA RIP
  • SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPengu... 2012/05/04 21:14:52
    "Fight for Your Right"
    SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 平和
    It made a revolution!
  • purplehays 2012/05/04 20:55:30
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    very sad, big loss
  • TasselLady 2012/05/04 20:53:12
    "Fight for Your Right"
    That's the one that always stuck in my head!!!!!
  • life's big ? 2012/05/04 20:51:17
    life's big ?
  • draguza 2012/05/04 20:40:49
    MCA, You'll always have a License to Kill. /Salute

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