Adam Yauch, aka MCA, one third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys has died today. He was 47.
Yauch and the Beastie Boys opened up hip-hop to a whole other culture of listeners and three angry kids from Brooklyn. Yauch helped as well as a director of many music videos and a documentary I can’t name on this blog.
Their music started out as punk, but over time evolved into something greater. Back in the day there were a group of street-wise white kids making a splash in the hip-hop game along with the likes of Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.
For me the Beastie Boys have been about consistently evolving their music and rhymes as other hip hop artists were left behind in their collective dust. Yauch’s contribution was one-third of a rock-punk-hip-hop trio blending genres and blowing minds at the same time.
After all the true definition of an artist is someone that continually evolves and progresses their craft as not to get stale. Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys did that for two and half decades.
I can’t pick a favorite Beasite Boys song or album but I have one in mind that where Yauch launches into a wicked bass riff. You’ve probably heard.
Now go play some street hoops, because that’s what I could go for right now with some slick rhymes Beastie Boys style pumping in the background.