Last year, the news of Beastie Boys‘ co-founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch‘s battle with cancer hit the Hip-Hop community pretty hard. Doctors had found a tumor in his left salivary gland. He had surgery and though the surgery didn’t completely get rid of the cancer, he was on a hopeful journey to recovery. This past weekend, the news rocked the industry that MCA had passed away. He was only 47 years old. He leaves behind not only his group but a wife and daughter as well. The exact cause of his death has yet to be revealed. There is some speculation that it was related to the cancer. This tragedy strikes following the Beastie Boys’ receiving a huge honor last month. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. MCA was not able to make the ceremony though. His passing really impacted a lot of people in the entertainment industry, as was made evident by the out pouring of love on the web after the news of his death.
The Beastie Boys took the Hip-Hop world by storm way in the late 1980’s and haven’t looked back since. They are credited as being one of the longest standing Hip-Hop acts to still see success. The group has about eight albums under their belt, countless awards, and have toured worldwide. Also, they are deemed as the act that helped open the doors and pave the way for white rappers. Their hits like “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” and “Sabotage” still move TRUE Hip-Hop heads to this day. Their debut album Licensed To Ill sparked the beginning of a legacy that will forever be cherished in the Hip-Hop world. Rest In Peace MCA, you will be missed and never forgotten!
**My Two Cents: Not going to pretend like I was a big Beastie Boys fan or anything. But I do have a ton of respect for their contributions to Hip-Hop. I followed MCA’s battle with cancer closely and was really rooting for him to come out on top. His death is a truly sad event and my heart goes out to his friends and family. I have seen so many people close to me battle cancer and it is no picnic. But the good thing is that his memory will live on for many years to come. Enjoy one of the Beastie Boys’ cuts that I do like, “Sure Shot” off of their Ill Communication album. -MinM