R.I.P. Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch (1964 – 2012)
May 7, 2012 by Daniel Gill
May the 4th 2012, Adam Yauch aka MCA from the Beastie Boys has lost his battle with cancer. It would be easy to go off in this article about the type of cancer Adam had or the massive achievements which were had by arguably the greatest hip hop group of all time, but I’m not. Every website around the world is doing that right now, this is more of a personal look back at what Adam did for music as a whole and the feelings he brought out of people like me, who idolised people like MCA and looked up to him as a true music icon, a trend setter and an original B-Boy.
Adam was more then one of the Beastie Boys. He was a musician, who learnt to play the bass guitar in his teens after being influenced by the Clash. He was a director who directed many of the Beastie Boys crazy videos including So What’Cha Want and Intergalactic. He was an activist who was involved in the freedom of Tibet, he added to this cause by running the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1996 which attracted 100,000 people. Lastly, he was also a husband to his wife Dechen Wangdu and a father to his daughter Tenzin Losel.
Fans will remember him as the gruff voiced, tough looking Beastie who always looked the coolest when wearing the black shades. They’ll remember him for the fantastic bass riff which he created for smash hit ‘Sabotage’. And they’ll remember him for classic lines like “Well I got to keep it going keep it going full steam/ Too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean/ On the tough guy style I’m not too keen/ To try to change the world I will plot and scheme” from Intergalactic, or “Well I’m as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce/ You’ve got the rhyme and reason but no cause/ Well if you’re hot to trot you think you’re slicker than grease/ I’ve got news for you crews you’ll be sucking like a leech” from So What’Cha Want. There’s so many lines out there from MCA that could be considered as classic rhymes. He could pull them off in any style possible as well, whether serious, braggadocios or comedic. I’m sure there will be fans around the world this weekend reciting them in a bedroom, car or club (maybe all three).
I suppose for some people this won’t be a big deal, they may not be Beasties fans or they might not have a clue who Adam Yauch is. However if you are reading this, I’m guessing you are one of them people who is a true fan of Hip Hop music and music in general. You’re one of them kids who grew up listening to the Beastie Boys discography, and always made a mixtape for a party you went to which included at least one Beastie Boys song (I’m thinking it was Fight For Your Right). Maybe that rebellious cheek, that swaggerific attitude, that too cool for school style you had when growing up was down to MCA and the boys. This just goes to show that Adam Yauch was more then just music to a whole generation of young adults.
So I guess there’s only one thing to do. Pick out a t-shirt, stick your jeans on, lace up your best hi-tops, grab your boys or girls, hit the club, get in a circle and demand the DJ to play the Beastie Boys so you can try and rap along to MCA’s verses as loud as possible, while doing hand movements like you’re battle rapping. It’s the most fitting tribute you can do to a music icon, who helped innovate a genre, reinvent a culture and bring a legacy to music which will never, ever be forgotten.
Rest in Peace Adam Yauch