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RIP Adam Yauch “MCA” 1964-2012


Like everyone else, celebrities pass. But it’s very rarely that when a celebrity passes that I actually feel a sense of loss (I’m still missing you Amy Winehouse). Today, I feel that loss. Adam Yauch “MCA” and co-founder of the Beastie Boys passed away today at the age of 47 after struggling with cancer.

I literally grew up listening to the Beastie Boys. From middle school through law school, the Beastie Boys were part of my personal soundtrack. From party anthems, to rage, to mellow instrumentals, the Beastie Boys got me through every mood and countless personal experiences. They are a voice of my generation and whether they were partying or fighting for human rights, I felt aligned with them. One of my college highlights was seeing the Beastie Boys perform in Philadelphia.

I could go on about the Beastie Boys’ muscial accomplishments, and Adam Yauch’s tireless human rights work for the people of Tibet, and the fact that the Beastie Boys are only the third hip-hop group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I could go on about all that. But I won’t. Instead, I’m just going to say that MCA will be greatly missed. A part of my personal soundtrack has stopped making music today and I’m sad. I’ll leave you a handful of my favorites which will forever play in my heart…

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One Response to “RIP Adam Yauch “MCA” 1964-2012”

  1. Alexis Dayers Alexis says:

    When I found this out yesterday, I felt this tremendous amount of grief. I felt like a part of my youth has died. Beastie Boys weren’t just a couple of white boys rapping, they were in a class of their own.

    I was hoping that there would be a possible future concert to promote their latest album. Now I am happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to see them perform twice.

    Thanks Beasties for the memories and for Ill Communication – the album I can always count on to get me through many of my runs.


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