Adam Yauch, one of the three members of the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47. Yauch, known as MCA, had been receiving treatment for cancer of the salivary glands since 2009.
MCA has had to sit out several concerts and was not able to perform when the Beasties were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The group has not performed live since 2009 and they were not able to appear in any of the videos for their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 due to Yauch’s illness.
The Beastie Boys were literally the band of my youth. I was 15 years old when License To Ill was released. When everyone was oohing and ahing over (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party), I was flipping out over Paul Revere. MCA’s voice cut through all of the tracks and his solid producing and writing fingerprints touched everything the Beasties created. This man will be missed as a strong activist voice and as the voice of a hip hop generation.
On Saturday, May 5, HBO will air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony honoring the group, who just became the third rap group to enter the Hall, after Run-D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007).
RIP Adam – you will be missed.