Adam Yauch – better known as “MCA” – died this morning, losing his battle to cancer. Yach, 47, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. In 30+ years with the Beastie Boys, Yauch, along with Mike D and Ad-Rock, sold over 40 million albums and released countless classic songs. The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame last month. Yauch did not preform because of his illness.
The Beasties were a group that almost everyone reading this grew up with. While mainly considered a hip-hop group, they defied any single genre.
The Beasties on Soul Train.
Yauch also had plenty of ties to the sports world. Growing up in Brooklyn, Yauch was a Knicks fan and appeared in NBA Jam as an unlockable character in NBA Street Volume 3 as well as both the original NBA Jam and the 2010 version. Yauch also produced and directed Gunnin For That #1 Spot, a documentary about some of the top basketball players in the country. The movie features Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Jerryd Bayless, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Kyle Singler.