RIP Adam Yauch (MCA)

After a long battle with cancer, Adam Yauch (MCA) founding member of the Beastie Boys, has passed away. He was one of the most influential artists in hip hop history. Along with Mike D, Ad-Rock and Mix Master Mike, the Beastie Boys were icons of our generation. We’ll all remember listening to Licensed to Ill for the first time… and the hundredth time.

And lest we forget when the boys dropped The 5 Boroughs in 2004, celebrating a the city they loved post 9/11, and New Yorkers started tapping their feet just a little more in in the streets.

Beyond his music, Adam was an advocate for the less fortunate and disenfranchised, everything the Chivers stand for. RIP, MCA, we’ll see you in another dimension.

  • BOB


    • roger

      RIP Nathaniel.

      • dub

        RIP Torn.

      • roger

        Uhh…Nathaniel Hornblower…anybody?

        • iambigd42

          Roger you are a true Beastie Boys fan. Peace and RIP MCA

    • @McBeastie666

      I've been floored since hearing this. As evident from my username, I'm a huge Beasties fan. Love those guys. RIP

    • Evan

      Sad day indeed, if it wasn't for him I would never had earned my right to party. RIP

  • Static

    RIP ADAM. that sucks…..

  • Matt

    Wow, just wow.

    • Dan

      beastie boys sucked

  • sixdeadelves

    Because you can't, you won't, and you don't stop…

    • 1/2FunAndDon'tCry

      Sweeter than a cherry pie ready-whipped topping and Cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce

  • @JDCampbe11

    I don't want to live on this world anymore

    • dasdasdsa


  • bob_the_cook

    Sucks Lots!
    Yet another part of my child-hood has died.

    • dub

      At least Mr. Rogers isn't gone yet.

      • dub

        OMG No!

    • Brian

      Me 2 my friend! Drinking one for you right now Adam!

  • BabyFart Magizax

    RIP adam I love the beastie boys!! You were my fav!!!

  • shuldbworking

    Another dimention…R.I.P. MCA

  • tv_paul

    "License to ill" was one of the first CD's I ever bought( and I think I have on cassette too)

    • Macro

      Haha me too, totally rocked the cassette tape.

    • Rob

      I have the cassette as well, now to find the cassette player. RIP MCA

    • Mob Barley

      Yep. Wore it out :/

    • SDMusicService

      I have it on vinyl… Was the first taste of the boys I got at the age of 9 or 10…. SADNESS!!

    • @McBeastie666

      I remember going to the record store and buying my first two cassette tapes with my own money. Run DMC's Raising Hell and Beastie Boys' License to Ill. Been a fan ever since. Really bummed today.

  • Ricardus Rodríguez

    RIP Adam we're gonna miss you

  • Gmoney


    • Captain Planet

      That about sums it up

  • Corky

    Sad of course, but I never did like the BB. Probably because Q101 in Chicago played them to death.

    • dub

      We think less of you for openly admitting that you do not like the music of the person who just died.

      He just died! Don't you understand that NOW you need to hop on the bandwagon and talk about just how amazing this guy was? This is how these things work.

      Now you know. Say something nice about him. NO! Say something SUPER NICE! Say that you'll miss him… or some other stupid shit.

      • Porky145

        Was that a quote from Daria

    • FUK

      I'm with you on that one, BB was never my cup of tea. Funny to see 25 people down vote you becaue you didn't like a band. Faggots.

    • cpj

      dude who gives a fuck if you liked em you self-absorbed asshole. keep it to yourself.

      • dub

        Oh right, this is the official memorial service…

        big pardon…

        Can we get a moment of silence?

      • dub

        "Oh man, I loved that guy."

        "Yeah, me too. Did you make it to the funeral?"

        "No, but I did write some bad words on the Chive for him"

        Same thing, man. I'm with you.

  • DrunkOldMan

    Devastating news. No words…

  • Edm

    Sad day in music history

  • Michael Meyer

    RIP Adam, truly groundbreaking.

    • Franklin1138

      He never let me down with the stereo sound.

  • Liam_K


  • cccppp

    one of the best! RIP MCA.

    keep calm and f*** cancer!

    • MakeEmClapTpThis

      Well said my friend

  • 1/2FunAndDon'tCry

    He will be missed. Than you, Beastie Boys for what you have done was bring. You created a whole new brand of entertainment and raised the bar for all people. Pouring out some Brass Monkey for you Adam.

  • Longman

    This sucks. RIP Adam.

  • Rockstarmg

    this really sucks….

  • Mat

    Boo. Wrote an essay on the Beastie Boys less than a month ago. Ended it with a section on his cancer but I never thought the end would come so soon. Beastie Boys on lock today. RIP

  • LucretiusCarus

    Give 'em hell on the other side, MCA.

    • dub

      I'm having trouble understanding this.

      The other side? Heaven or Hell?

      Do you assume that he's in heaven – and that he should give the people in heaven hell? That see a bit unfair to those other people who spent all their lives trying to reach a place where they wouldn't be given 'Hell."

      Or… you want him to give Hell.. to hell… if the assumption is that he is in hell. It seems a little redundant.. but it makes a bit more sense than going to heaven to give hell… right?

      Anyways. I was just hoping you could clarify. Nice words, though.

      • LucretiusCarus

        You're thinking about this too hard. It wasn't meant to be some sort of Sartre-esque existentialist commentary. Perhaps when Mac puts up a post of Camus vs. Sartre we can resume the discussion.

        Suffice it to say I'm sure whither it is MCA has gone, he won't let the people there rest on their laurels. This should be explanation enough.

        • dub

          I wasn't thinking about it hard at all until you started making up words.. I am pretty sure a Sartre is a type of centaur with antlers.

          And I don't know how that fits into this conversation.

          • LucretiusCarus

            I can only assume you're being purposefully obtuse.

            If not, read more. Start with "No Exit."

            • techno_viking

              Not sure if "obtuse" is the proper adjective to use here. I'd probably go with douche instead…

              And great video, BTW. Probably the GOAT in terms of The Beastie Boys songs.

              • LucretiusCarus

                Douche isn't exactly an adjective, but it's probably a good appositive for him. Dub, douche. Nicely alliterative too. Perhaps we can agree upon "purposefully obtuse douche, dub."

                • dub

                  I can get down with that.

          • DubIsAFuckTard

            Shut up. Sometimes the people on the chive surprise me with how real and genuinely caring they can be. Then there is Dub… Fuck off dub, your are a douche that makes douche comments, for no fucking reason other then to increase your doucheness to a level beyond that of jersey shore. You are a waste of space. When looking for the website http://www.IJustWantToFuckingBeAPointlessAssholeAndNitPi... you made a wrong turn and came into the chive. Leave. And also, go fuck yourself.

            • dub

              Firstly, I'd like to thank God.

              That's about it, actually.

              I can't believe someone named themselves after me. I'm really excited. 😀

            • dub

              Although I am a little confused.

              Should I have cared more?

              I don't know these things, typically, until a website tells me. So I'll allow you to be spokesperson for the Chive, so you can just flat out tell me if I didn't care enough.

              • LucretiusCarus

                Your level of douchenozzlery is pretty impressive. I must give you that.

                • dub

                  although I find it sad that stupidity passes for douchenozzlery, I'll take what I can get.

                  Thank you.

                  • LucretiusCarus

                    At this point I'm not at all convinced that you're stupid. I think you're just a douchenozzle. I mean that in the most positive way possible. Not that it can be very positive.

                    • dub

                      I'm getting tears in my eyes as I type this, but… that's absolutely the most positive way in which someone has called me a douchenozzle in… well, in my entire life, I think.

                      I don't want to come off as needy and thanking you all the time, but really.. thank you. Again. 🙂

                    • Jack_LeMac

                      Thanks Dub, I was wondering where all the good trolls had gone.

    • Master_Rahl

      "Now my name is M.C.A. – I've got a license to kill
      I think you know what time it is – it's time to get ill"

      I loved the gravelly voice, RIP MCA. At least there's lots of great music to continue enjoying.

  • Graft

    Jammed the hell out of this song in college – cancer is a bitch

  • Acesevens

    RIP and thanks for the memories. Keep on rocking.
    " Waking up before I get to sleep
    Cause I'll be rocking this party eight days a week "

  • Craig

    RIP MCA!

    Paul's Boutique is a masterpiece, and you sir are a Master!

    Just glad he survived to know about the hall of fame induction.

    • Eggman

      Yeh, that's right, I'm the Egg Man
      Driving Around, King of the town
      Always got my windows rolled down

    • ItsMeeJv

      Paul's Boutique is by far my favorite album ever.

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