Today in 2012, Hip-Hop lost an icon in the Beastie Boys’ MCA – born Adam Yauch. The Beastie Boys founding member died at the young age of 47, due to cancer.
The Brooklyn-born MC performed his first show with the group on his 17th birthday, when the group was a punk band. Thanks to his leadership and direction, the group successfully infused punk and hip-hop into one on their debut album Licensed to Ill, which included hits such as “(You Gotta) Fight for the Right (to Party”), an anthem to teen angst; “Brass Monkey” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”
Yauch also directed some of the group’s videos under the name Nathanial Hörnblowér, which lead to the founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film production and distribution company based in New York City. Yauch and the Beastie Boys have influenced Kid Rock, Jay Z, Emienem and more. Check out some of the group’s legendary videos below.
“Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it’s obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock.” — Eminem