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Photo by Glen E. Friedman (1986)

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Remembering MCA today. 

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This is being linked a lot and for good reason. Coldplay covering The Beastie Boys last night. Try not to mist up.

Probably the best thing Coldplay’s done in years.

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I think there are a lot of misconceptions in society in general about what actually brings happiness, we’re caught up in all these ideas that having a lot of money or having somebody beautiful to have sex with or having some cool objects, having a cool car, cool stereo or whatever is gonna make us happy. And those things actually don’t bring us happiness. I’ve learned a tremendous amount about how compassion or altruism actually brings a person happiness and I think that’s a lot of what’s trying to be put forward through the concerts and it seems like the optimum way to put those ideas forward is through helping the Tibetans gain their freedom because those values are so inherent within Tibetan culture.

Adam Yauch (1964-2012), MCA of the Beastie Boys, from the Frontline report “Dreams of Tibet”

Yauch, best known by his rap moniker MCA of the Beastie Boys and his activism for Tibetan freedom, died yesterday from a three-year battle with cancer. Jaweed Kaleem offers a fine round-up for The Huffington Post on how Buddhist spirituality permeated his life and music, noting that he was “born in Brooklyn, New York to a Catholic father and a Jewish mother, [and] had practiced Buddhism since 1994.”

In the photo to the right, Yauch speaks at a press conference on June 13, 1998 prior to the Tibet Freedom concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

(Photo by Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images)

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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RIP MCA aka Nathanial Hörnblowér.

Favorite Beastie Boys video is a tie between Sabatoge & Body Movin and all of them!


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  • ARTIST: Beastie Boys
  • SONG: Sure Shot
  • ALBUM: Ill Communication
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“I want to say a little something that’s long overdue

The disrespect to women has got to be through

To the all mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends

I want to offer my love and respect to the end”

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I was just reminded of Adam Yauch’s nutzoid bass line for “Sabotage” when the Beastie Boys played the 1994 MTV Music Video Awards. 1:53, don’t sleep. 

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Let’s not forget about the time that Adam Yauch pulled the original “Kanye” at the VMAs (start watching around 2:30).

RIP the man who “had all the ideas for Star Wars.”

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I’ve seen Beastie Boys live more than any other. I had tickets to their sold-out show in 2009 when they had to cancel due to Adam’s diagnosis. I remember listening to License to Ill on my Walkman until the tape wore out wondering why my parents let me be born in the Midwest instead of Brooklyn.

This is the first time I have ever cried when I heard about a celebrity death.

This video was a live performance in 2004 on The David Letterman Show. There had been some chatter about how they had run their course. I tuned in prepared to see them do their thing on the stage and kill it.

The performance started out with Mix Master Mike on stage and then quickly cut to the Boys emerging from the subway. One straight, uncut shot of them walking through NYC while performing. It was exhilarating. The quality of this video isn’t that great, but it is one of my favorite live music television moments.

RIP, Adam

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