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Adam Yauch 1964-2012

May 4, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

Adam Yauch

I don’t care that this isn’t about baseball. If you need it to be, be content with the “And I’ve got mad hits like I was Rod Carew ” line in “Sure Shot.” And that Rod Carew was aware of it.

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 48, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

The Beasties made the Hall of Fame based on both peak and longevity.  And now they’re done and as a kid whose first really subversive album purchase with his own money was “Licensed to Ill,” this has me really damn sad.

  1. bigleagues - May 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    To say I’m devastated is an understatement. I’ve been a HUGE fan since I was 15.

    Easily one of the most original, inventive, creative, intelligent and FUN bands of all-time. Their music matured and evolved with each project. Hot Sauce Committee Part II was no different. Who knows if Part I will ever see the light of day. But I always wondered what the Beastie Boys in their 50’s might create.

    MCA’s buzzsaw voice and paced punkish delivery was integral to the Beastie’s sound.

    Surely, Ad Rock and Mike D remain immense talents who I love and admire, but the Beastie Boys are no more.

    And sadly MCA has “Passed the Mic” for the final time.

  2. rebel21das - May 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Rest in Peace MCA!

    “Now my name is M.C.A. I’ve got a license to kill
    I think you know what time it is it’s time to get ill
    Now what do we have here an outlaw and his beer
    I run this land, you understand I make myself clear.”

    We stepped into the wind he had a gun, I had a grin
    You think this story’s over but it’s ready to begin………..

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