We’ve got to pay our respects here. Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, of the Beastie Boys has died at age 47.
The group started out as a hardcore band in 1981, before transitioning to hip-hop, and released their classic debut, “License to Ill” in 1986. They went on to release several more excellent records, becoming one of the most influential rap groups around.
Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in his parotid (salivary) gland in 2009, which forced them to cancel several tour dates and push back the release of “Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2.” The band was recently inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Yauch has also worked as a director, both on his own projects and on Beastie Boys’ videos under the name Nathaniel Hornblower.
As a tribute, watch a few of the group’s videos here. R.I.P. MCA.