Adam Yauch one of the Beastie Boys trio passed away today, May 4, 2012. As the world knows them for their looney behavior and catchy songs, the true hip hoppers know the Beastie Boys was one of those “Ground Breaking” acts. Yauch’s death would come less than a month after the Beastie Boys were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Because of his fight with cancer, Yauch did not attend, Rolling Stone reported.
Russell Simmons was one of the first to break the news on his GlobalGrind website and post it on Twitter. “Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist, who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us.” – Russell Simmons.
The song “Paul Revere” put this group on the map and to this day it still bangs. “‘Now my name is MCA I got a license to kill, I think you know what time it is it’s time to get ill’ Wooow… RIP,” This line quoted by Diggy Simmons from the song Paul Revere 1986 on Twitter.
Snoop Dogg, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD’s DJ Scratch and Brooklyn underground lyricist Skyzoo all tweeted as well, labeling Yauch either a legend, icon, pioneer or a combination of the three. “RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life,” Snoop lamented.
It is no secret the Beasties are hip hop pioneers and influenced a lot of music, even to this day. I personally thank them for broadening the horizon of hip hop and helping to transcend boundaries.
If you logo onto Twitter you can read tons of condolences to Adam’s Family and feel free to add one yourself.
Adam “MCA” Yauch