Published on May 4th, 2012 | by joseph goral0
RIP Adam Yauch MCA
Today, music lost one of its greats. Not just one of the best emcees, not just one of the best rappers, but a person who truly helped shape the sound of so many different musical groups of both today, years past and the future as well. Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys lost his 2 year bout with cancer today.
I remember being a kid and bugging out every time Fight For Your Right came on. My little brother Peter and I would act like a couple of lunatics, bouncing all over the room and screaming along to the chorus at the tops of our lungs. There’s a video of us doing this in my parent’s home movie collection. It happens to have been the same day they brought home my baby sister, Libby, home from the hospital. There were all sorts of balloons that people had brought my mother during her stay. Peter and I were jumping around in them. I remember the feeling of the static electricity on my hair as we were dancing around frantically to the song. It’s one of those memories that I’ll never forget.
As the years went by, I became an avid fan and listener. Their music marked some very memorable events in my life. Not only the welcoming of my baby sister home, but also the first album I bought with a Parental Advisory warning, the first time I took mushrooms and a slew of other life events.
The Beastie Boys had such a universal appeal that their music transcended many boundaries. From their beginnings as a brash punk rock group to the definitive sound that they formed throughout the last three decades, the Beastie Boys constantly evolved and showed us something new. Even their last release, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 was a great listen full of kickass tracks. Thirty years in the music business and still making awesome music is a feat few accomplish.
MCA will truly be missed in not only hip-hop, but music as a whole. So, grab a forty of OE, slam some of it, put some orange juice in it and pour it out for one of the best ever to do this hip-hop shit. My man MCA got a beard like a billy goat!