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.

  • amrith777

    This is very sad.Weird thing is that I woke up with the song "Gratitude" in my head…been humming it off and on all day…then I see Adam died today.Or–as I understand he's a Buddhist–I suppose he just TRANSCENDED.
    Namaste,Adam…you will be missed…. *bows*
    Also a little eerie he died just before the full moon this month which is known as "Wesak" when many Buddhists gather into the valley to celebrate the moment Siddartha attained full enlightenment.

    • LMS

      Amrith this post is why I love theCHIVE. Just because we love photos of hot girls next door and drunk college kids doesn't mean we can't also be enlightened.

  • mtpuckhead

    Horrible news. A truly sad day. RIP MCA.

  • Alanna

    Please tell me theCHIVE is going do a photo album dedicated to MCA. It would absolutely break my heart if we didn't celebrate his life.

    • Jesse Pierson

      Very good idea . I'm still so sad and would love to see some pictures celebrating his life ……

  • oak

    cancer is an asshole

  • Jason L.

    RIP Adam you will be missed. * hat off*

  • KorovaMilkBar

    He ain't dead, as long as stereos and speakers exist, the Beastie Boys, ALL the Beastie Boy, will live on.

  • ScottieD

    Freakin grew up rocking out to these guys. This sucks. Fuck cancer.

  • Coptimus

    RIP MCA!!!

  • Anonymous

    You were awesome MCA-you will be missed!

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  • Irish2Ice

    God I miss awesome original music……..and miss Adam even more.

  • Peter

    Keep Illin on the other side

  • jqmark

    No disrespect to Mike who is an amazing DJ but the Hurricane was actually the Beasties DJ for most of their albums.
    RIP Adam, you will be sorely missed

  • Clutch101

    RIP MCA. The world is a slightly poorer place now. The Biebers of the industry are a spit in the face of the ground breaking work, and inspirational tracks you boys put down. You helped pave the way for a lot of great music. You will be greatly missed.

  • Sun

    Saw them in concert back in the day. They were insane and the crowd was rocking. They killed it!

    RIP MCA =(

  • Erik Ryan

    Ever since Polly Wog Stew been rockn .

  • tapsnapornap

    23minute Z-Trip mixdown, Check it:

    • tapsnapornap

      Soooo, to the people that thumbed this down; Did you not like the track or did you not listen to it? If you didn't listen to it, you should, it's dope.

  • Jesse Pierson

    This fucking sucks, I seriously feel for his family. I cried when I heard about this, and I'm a 30 year old tattooed man . Adam was a true music pioneer, he helped start it all . What a great musician and great person . Thank you Adam!!!! You will be missed so much!!!! Lots of love

  • Cara Taran Petricca

    Aughhhh my heart hurts RIP MCA…. Thanks for the tribute Chive….

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