This is a sad day as I’ve got to report that the Adam Yaunch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys has passed away. After battling cancer for three years, one-third of hip-hop’s funniest and most talented groups of all time has gone on to glory. Yes, I got real old black woman right there but this is the time for that sort of down-to-earth chatter, right? Reports Billboard:
Yauch underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland in July 2009. Treatment included radiation therapy, and in December of that year, he sent a email message to fans to share that we was feeling “healthy, strong and hopeful” he’d beaten the disease. The exact cause and place of death wasn’t immediately known.
The Beasties’ lineup of Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Yauch came together in Brooklyn in 1983; the group’s debut album, 1986′s “Licensed To Ill,” was produced by Rick Rubin and featured iconic singles like “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” “Brass Monkey” and “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).” After touring the world behind “Ill,” the Beastie Boys changed up their sound with 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique,” a critically lauded, sample-heavy record that featured production from the Dust Brothers.
“Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us,” said Russell Simmons, whose Def Jam Recordings released the group’s multi-platinum debut “Licensed to Ill” in 1986.
As my Parlour contributors will tell you, I love to insert a good “Hey Ladies” video into my pitch emails, so it’s with a heavy heart, I post up a few of my favorite Beastie jams in celebration of MCA’s life. What are your favorite Beastie Boys jams?:
“So What Cha Want”
“No Sleep Til Brooklyn”
The trademark Parlour jam, “Hey Ladies”