Rolling Stone is reporting the death of Beastie Boys founding member, Adam Yauch (aka MCA), from cancer. He was 47 years old. In addition to his music, Yauch was also one of the first celebrities to draw attention to the Free Tibet campaign.
Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.
Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke big with their first proper album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986, and further albums Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication cemented the band as a true superstar act.
The Beastie Boys are one of the foundations of the soundtrack of my youth, and I’m sure many Good Men Project readers feel the same. I still hear Check Your Head in my mind when I’m riding my skateboard, and I remember how all of us – guys and girls – wore the same giant, saggy pants and oversized hoodies in the early 90s, just like The Beastie Boys.
GMP’s Editor-in-Chief Noah Brand has many of the same memories of the Beastie Boys:
I turn 35 next week. When I was ten, I knew all the words to “Paul Revere” off of Licensed to Ill because I was a foulmouthed little bastard, but also because even at ten, I could tell the Beastie Boys fucking ROCKED. Every few years, I’d momentarily delude myself that I’d outgrown them, and then they’d come out with another album and I’d have to redefine my idea of cool because they’d just raised the bar again. Precious few groups can remain that relevant, that vital, for that long.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Adam’s family.
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