Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the founders of the Beastie Boys, has died of cancer at age 47. Yauch had been battling cancer since 2009 when a tumor was found in his salivary gland. The illness kept Yauch from attending the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in April.
The Beastie Boys with producer Rick Rubin beard (1985) From left: MCA (Adam Yauch), Mike D (Mike Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz)
Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) as a punk band back in 1981 but began experimenting with hip hop the following year. They storm into the mainstream music scene in 1986 with Licensed to Ill — the first hip hop album to hit No. 1. The album featured hits like “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” and “Brass Monkey.”
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