Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced /jaʊk/; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper and filmmaker who was a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He used the stage name MCA. Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film production and distribution company based in New York City. As a Buddhist, he was involved in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert. He died in 2012 from parotid cancer.
Adam Yauch, the gruff-voiced rapper, musician and video auteur known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio The Beastie Boys, has died after a lengthy illness, Billboard has confirmed. He was 47. The band's rep confirmed that Yauch passed away in his native New York City Friday morning after a three-year battle with cancer. Yauch underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland in July 2009.
Brooklyn-born rapper was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and was unable to attend April induction into the hall of fame. It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam "MCA" Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. Initially dismissed as a trio of jokers who scored a fluke novelty hit with.
Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, Portugal, 1998. photograph by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images. On May 4, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, also known by his stage name, MCA, passed away after a long battle with cancer. You could single out Adam's greatest-hits moments, but the thing that makes his work so brilliant is his unpredictable humor and his genius interplay with Ad Rock and Mike D. MCA was the gruff voice, part comedian and part catalog of arcane '70s and '80s trivia which would explode into unforgettable nuggets of lyrical wit and wisdom.
Adam Yauch 'MCA' Tribute. 5 tracks · 25 September 2017.
Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, better known to millions as MCA, died earlier today in New York City after a lengthy battle with cancer. When we were around 14 or 15 -Adroc was around 12 or 13 - we'd hang out at clubs and see punk bands like Stimulator and Bad Brains," MCA told Guitar World in a 1994 interview. But the clubs didn't only play hardcore records - they also played James Brown and hip-hop. We were really into that stuff, so we started rhyming and messing around