A Tribute To MCA & The Beastie Boys

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2012 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Beastie Boys "Jimmy James" (1992) from Check Your Head

In the two days since the shocking news of the sudden death on May 4th of Adam Yauch - aka MCA of the Beastie Boys - everyone has been sharing how much the artist and his group influenced their lives. On my WFMU radio show on Friday guest/longtime emcee Azeem recalled how when he first heard the Beasties he didn't even realize they they were not black and then recalled how in the early 90's during Lollapalooza he "went on tour a long time ago with the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, George Clinton" and how he had a debate with members of fellow touring act The Pharcyde on the merits of the Beastie Boys as "hip-hop artists."

"At the time hip-hop still had its racial sensitivities and I had to argue on the Beastie Boys' side been from the East Coast, or been from New Jersey, hearing Licensed to Ill. When we [first] heard that record we didn't know if they were white kids. We just heard good hip-hop." recalled Azeem noting that the fact that the group never stopped creating and evolving & consistently making good music for well over a quarter of a decade is a testament to the greatness of the Beastie Boys.  

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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch (47) Dead from Cancer

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2012 10:14am | Post a Comment
According to several unconfirmed sources over the past hour and a half word was circulating that Adam Yauch (aka MCA) of the Beastie Boys had died from throat cancer. And just now, according to Rolling Stone, who just published a confirmed report based on "a very credible spokesperson" have confirmed that this news is indeed sadly true. 

When Yauch was diagnosed three years ago he made the following video (below) to announce the throat cancer and its implications in the Beastie Boys' then impending tour and record release - Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. - which both got postponed until last year. At the time of the 2009 video announcement however, as seen in the clip below, the Beastie Boy was good humored and making jokes about it all and clearly confident that the throat cancer was "treatable" as he was told by doctors at the time. Read more from Rolling Stone here. Adam Yauch  was 47. Rest in peace!

2009 video from Adam Yauch announcing (good humoredly) his diagnosis of throat cancer
- which at the time he said was "treatable"


Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2009 11:18am | Post a Comment

As officially (and good-humoredly) announced in the above YouTube clip via the group's website posting from earlier this morning, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch has been diagnosed with gland cancer and will soon have to undergo treatment. Consequently, the Beastie Boys have had to cancel and postpone upcoming concert dates and also move back their next album, Hot Sauce's, release date. Joining Adam "MCA" Yauch in the surprise video announcement today was fellow Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz. Upcoming Beastie Boys scheduled dates had included playing Outside Lands, August 30th in the Bay Area and the Hollywood Bowl on September 24th. If you had already bought tix for these or other shows, contact the place of purchase to determine officially whether or not the band is no longer playing.

Triangulation...was the triangle the shape of the 80's???

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 1, 2008 11:00pm | Post a Comment

almost identical placement for these two 80's classics...maybe MCA got a good deal on this sticker shape & size...

Southern Pacific, a band big with the duster wearing crowd...mentions the duet with Emmylou, herself a duster queen...working on a duster gallery in fact I am...

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 15, 2007 01:57pm | Post a Comment

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