Adam Yauch, one of the three founders of mega-hit group Beastie Boys, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 47.
If you remember much about the 80’s and 90’s you most certainly remember the meteoric rise of the Beastie Boys, from a punk band to one of the most listened to and critically acclaimed rap acts of all time. With the release of their first hip-hop album, “Licensed to Ill”, they began a climb up the record charts which would have them played on just about every radio station in the country and would place them among the top musical acts of the 1980’s.
Hit singles like “Paul Revere”, “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” and “Fight For Your Right” were played everywhere. I can’t remember a time during the mid 80’s when one of the songs from that album wasn’t on the radio and, indeed, here we are in the second decade of the 21’st century and songs from that very album are still getting air-play around the world and are mainstays in many clubs.
This can be seen as nothing less than a testament to the musical talent of the New York/New Jersey trio of Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond and the now late Adam Yauch – The King Ad-Rock, Mike-D and MCA, respectively.
Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland in 2009 and underwent treatment for his disease. The treatment was ultimately unsuccessful and MCA passed away today, May 4th 2012.
Adam, a devout Buddhist leaves behind a wife, Dechen and a daughter, Tenzin.
Some, myself included, have a hard time not feeling that this is the end of an era. Knowing that the Beastie Boys will never again release a track as a complete group carries with it a bit of sadness and I, for one, will spend a lot of time over the next several days listening to old Beastie Boys tracks and reminiscing on my youth…Times when I’d act the fool, listen to bands like the Beastie Boys and care about nothing but what the next few moments held.
Rest in Peace, Adam. Here’s hoping you’re in a better place.