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Beastie Boy Discusses MCA's Death For First Time

For the first time since Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away, a member of the group has spoken out about his untimely death.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) said that he still gets emotional when thinking about his lost friend.

"My wife is like, ‘I want to make sure you’re getting it out,’" Horovitz told David Fricke in the magazine. "But then I’m walking the dog and I’ll start crying on the street. It’s pretty f—king crazy."

Yauch died on May 4 after a three-year battle with cancer.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer," said a note on the Beastie Boys’ website. "He was 47 years old."

For Horovitz, Yauch was the glue that held the group together.

"Yauch was in charge," he said to Rolling Stone. "He was smarter, more organized. In a group of friends, you all come up with stupid sh-t to do. But you never do it. With Yauch, it got done. He had that extra drive to see things through. We each had our roles. One of his was the make-it-happen person."

Horovitz says that it was Yauch’s idea to make the acclaimed video for the song “Sabotage,” which cast the Beastie Boys as ’70s-style television cops. Spike Jonze directed the clip, which you can watch below.

Along with Yauch and fellow Beastie Mike Diamond, Horovitz was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

officialbeastieboys:

good morning.
i wanna give thanks to Mike Kearny for putting together MCA DAY yesterday.
i feel like a bunch of us been walking around lonely bumping into walls.
you got us together, outside and in the sunshine. thank you.
-adam

officialbeastieboys:

good morning.

i wanna give thanks to Mike Kearny for putting together MCA DAY yesterday.

i feel like a bunch of us been walking around lonely bumping into walls.

you got us together, outside and in the sunshine. thank you.

-adam

d0p35ty13:

MCA Day NYC, Union Square, May 19th 2012..

d0p35ty13:

MCA Day NYC, Union Square, May 19th 2012..

d0p35ty13:

Thanks to ‘monkey’ from…:
http://bbs.beastieboys.com/showthread.php?p=1788757&posted=1#post1788757
…for writing my tribute at MCA Day NYC.. (I live in England so props for doing this for me)

d0p35ty13:

Thanks to ‘monkey’ from…:

http://bbs.beastieboys.com/showthread.php?p=1788757&posted=1#post1788757

…for writing my tribute at MCA Day NYC.. (I live in England so props for doing this for me)

d0p35ty13:

MCA tribute baseball cap (MCA Day, Union Square, Manhattan, NYC)..

d0p35ty13:

MCA tribute baseball cap (MCA Day, Union Square, Manhattan, NYC)..

d0p35ty13:

MCA Day NYC Union Square setting up..

d0p35ty13:

MCA Day NYC Union Square setting up..

pizza-party:

Getting my MCA Day on a little early. Fret not, I have another Beasties shirt locked and loaded for tomorrow! (Taken with instagram)

pizza-party:

Getting my MCA Day on a little early. Fret not, I have another Beasties shirt locked and loaded for tomorrow! (Taken with instagram)

#ItsCalledGratitude

This Saturday the Gratitude Crew will have cameras rolling and sound speeding at MCA DAY in NYC. Come say Hi, step up to the mic, and tell Yauch and the Boys “Thank You.” Express your gratitude. This is just one of the many ways that you can be involved in the project. More info to come. See all a y’all at Union Square! #ThankYouMCA


One last shout out for MCA Day before the big event in New York City tomorrow, Saturday May 19 (11am @ Union Square). Info on Facebook & Twitter. Organizers are asking for song requests and playlist links. 

From the Facebook page:



BBoys and BGirls: Take a minute tonight and marinate on what Adam Yauch meant to you. Show up to the park tomorrow ready to share that. Appreciation is the currency of MCA DAY, spend it often. Fans, dancers, DJ’s, MC’s, artists, grandparents, cab drivers, suits and astronauts— roll down to Union Square tomorrow to share a memory, spin a track, bust a move, show a tattoo, shake a hand, spread a message and show some love on this day, for the one, the only…MCA.
One last shout out for MCA Day before the big event in New York City tomorrow, Saturday May 19 (11am @ Union Square). Info on Facebook & Twitter. Organizers are asking for song requests and playlist links. 
From the Facebook page:
BBoys and BGirls: Take a minute tonight and marinate on what Adam Yauch meant to you. Show up to the park tomorrow ready to share that. Appreciation is the currency of MCA DAY, spend it often. Fans, dancers, DJ’s, MC’s, artists, grandparents, cab drivers, suits and astronauts— roll down to Union Square tomorrow to share a memory, spin a track, bust a move, show a tattoo, shake a hand, spread a message and show some love on this day, for the one, the only…MCA.

Posted to PWR2MCA Facebook Group

Posted to PWR2MCA Facebook Group

Posted to PWR2MCA Facebook Group

Posted to PWR2MCA Facebook Group

My favorite band mimicking an album cover of my other favorite band.

My favorite band mimicking an album cover of my other favorite band.

illperipheral:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of famed rapper and activist Adam “MCA” Yauch:
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and pay tribute to those individuals whose commitment and creative talents have contributed to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of their community and the entire State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, the rapper, musician, activist, film director and founder of the pioneering New York hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died on Friday, May 4, 2012, in Manhattan at age 47;and
WHEREAS, Adam Nathaniel Yauch was born on August 5, 1964, and raised in Brooklyn Heights; he was the son of Frances Yauch, a social worker, and Noel Yauch, an architect and painter, and attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood; and
WHEREAS, Adam Yauch taught himself the bass guitar while growing up and joined the Beastie Boys, originally a hardcore punk outfit, playing his first show with the group when he was just 17 years old in 1981; and
WHEREAS, The Beastie Boys became well-known in the innovative music scene in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side with a sound and a style all their own; and
WHEREAS, The album “Licensed to Ill” was the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard chart; and
WHEREAS, The music and message of the Beastie Boys evolved over the years, but they can’t, they don’t, they won’t stop changing the face of hip-hop, of music, and of our culture; and
WHEREAS, The Beastie Boys exemplified New York through a period in which grassroots creativity and a community of iconoclastic artists helped redefine and rejuvenate a city on the ropes, with iconic imagery from Brooklyn to Ludlow Street; and
WHEREAS, Having consistently produced multi-million selling albums and receiving Grammy awards, in April 2012 the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Adam Yauch was unable to attend due to deteriorating health; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his contributions to music, Adam Yauch was an activist and founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness about abuses in Tibet and against Tibetans, and later in life became a successful filmmaker, founding Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film distribution company; and
WHEREAS, A man of colossal talent and charisma, Adam Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel; he will be missed by his family, his fans and all who knew him; his dedication to his music, his activism, and his heritage leaves an indelible legacy of inspiration for all other artists; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to mourn the death of famed rapper and activist Adam “MCA” Yauch; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to the family of Adam Yauch.

illperipheral:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of famed rapper and activist Adam “MCA” Yauch:

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and pay tribute to those individuals whose commitment and creative talents have contributed to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of their community and the entire State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, the rapper, musician, activist, film director and founder of the pioneering New York hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died on Friday, May 4, 2012, in Manhattan at age 47;and

WHEREAS, Adam Nathaniel Yauch was born on August 5, 1964, and raised in Brooklyn Heights; he was the son of Frances Yauch, a social worker, and Noel Yauch, an architect and painter, and attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood; and

WHEREAS, Adam Yauch taught himself the bass guitar while growing up and joined the Beastie Boys, originally a hardcore punk outfit, playing his first show with the group when he was just 17 years old in 1981; and

WHEREAS, The Beastie Boys became well-known in the innovative music scene in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side with a sound and a style all their own; and

WHEREAS, The album “Licensed to Ill” was the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard chart; and

WHEREAS, The music and message of the Beastie Boys evolved over the years, but they can’t, they don’t, they won’t stop changing the face of hip-hop, of music, and of our culture; and

WHEREAS, The Beastie Boys exemplified New York through a period in which grassroots creativity and a community of iconoclastic artists helped redefine and rejuvenate a city on the ropes, with iconic imagery from Brooklyn to Ludlow Street; and

WHEREAS, Having consistently produced multi-million selling albums and receiving Grammy awards, in April 2012 the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Adam Yauch was unable to attend due to deteriorating health; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his contributions to music, Adam Yauch was an activist and founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness about abuses in Tibet and against Tibetans, and later in life became a successful filmmaker, founding Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film distribution company; and

WHEREAS, A man of colossal talent and charisma, Adam Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel; he will be missed by his family, his fans and all who knew him; his dedication to his music, his activism, and his heritage leaves an indelible legacy of inspiration for all other artists; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to mourn the death of famed rapper and activist Adam “MCA” Yauch; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to the family of Adam Yauch.

At some point in life, if you’re a Beastie Boys fan, someone asks, “Who’s your favorite Beastie Boy?” … From the first time I listened until today, my answer was always MCA. I’m not sure if the reason for that is because when you first listen, he stands out the most. He’s easily recognizable…. He also seemed smart. I didn’t listen to a lot of hip-hop, but as far as I knew, there weren’t a lot of dudes rapping about Buddhism, how respect to women was long overdue, or how White Castle fries only come in one size. Okay, that last line might not be the best example of his smarts, but that’s why he was awesome. He was smart, funny, handsome, and sounded like a bad ass. And he was, by all accounts, the nicest guy in the world.

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