RIP Adam Yauch (MCA)
May 4, 2012
Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch (MCA) has died at the age of 47 after battling cancer in his salivary gland for the past few years. The sad news comes only days after the Beasties were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and leaves the seminal hip-hop outfit without the leathery-voiced glue—and memorable lyrical contributions like: "Now my name is MCA, I got a license to kill"—that helped hold them together for the past three decades.
Yauch couldn't make the induction ceremony but his cohorts Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) gave a shoutout to Yauch and his parents for letting them make a "god awful racket" at their house everyday after school.
In addition to his work with the Beasties, Yauch co-founded the Milarepa Fund in the 90s to raise money for Tibet's independence with a string of Tibetan Freedom Concerts. He also started the film production company, Oscilloscope Pictures, which has released several critically acclaimed indie titles including We Need to Talk About Kevin, Wendy and Lucy and the forthcoming LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits.