R.I.P. Beastie Boys’ MCA 1964-2012

Posted on May 4 2012, 6:56pm | Author: R* S | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar

For a lot of the crew here at Rockstar, the Beastie Boys were a fundamental part of discovering what music could be and could do. A bunch of NYC kids who started out punks, embraced hip-hop and completely rewrote the book from 'Cookie Puss' to 'License To Ill' to 'Paul's Boutique' to 'Check Your Head' - creating (along with their mentors, Run DMC) rock-rap, evolving it to record the most ridiculously amazing sample-filled record ever made, then turning it all over again with live and raw tracks like 'Sabotage' and 'Gratitude.' The Beastie Boys MC and bass player Adam Yauch passed away today at the age of 47. We salute you. Still too many rappers, not enough MC's. Above, in Adam Yauch's honor, we've posted a fine moment in Beastiedom - the music video for 'Gratitude' - and below, a recording of the late Mr. Magic's radio world premiere of 'Hold It Now, Hit It' in 1986 - the official debut of the Beasties to the rap world.

Beastie Boys – Hold It Now, Hit It (Mr Magic World Premiere)

  • Xdr_feelgood77Xon June 2 2012, 9:47pmReplyFlag
    R.I.P. mc! Forever missed! Another thing, I just love you guys rockstar! Knowing how Sam and Dan were most musically influenced by rap and rock before they started rockstar (DMA) you guys put the best music in your games! Ex) gta sa, etc.
    • tRuEm1Nd0Fh0RR0Ron May 8 2012, 12:21amReplyFlag
      @R* You guys should definitely put some beastie boys music in GTA V.
      • tRuEm1Nd0Fh0RR0Ron May 8 2012, 12:12amReplyFlag
        @R* You guys are nice to dedicate this in MCA's memory. MCA you will be missed. RIP
        • bullettime69on May 7 2012, 5:00pmReplyFlag
          Thats some F**ked up sh**.. Noone under 70 should have to worry about diseases or dying :( all these kids, teens, young adults and mid aged ppl dying from something when they have so much more left to live for. RIP MCA wish you could of lived to make some more music and die happily at 99 or somethin. Everyone do what you love to do not what you have to do cause in the end its how you wanted to live that matters not how others wanted you to.
          • XxVengador913xXon May 7 2012, 9:04amReplyFlag
            R.I.P :"(
            • AbAeternoon May 6 2012, 9:50pmReplyFlag
              Hell yes. I loved the Beastie Boy's hardcore stuff.
              • JohnDoe_86on May 6 2012, 2:40amReplyFlag
                just 47? this is so bad. damn cancer! these guys have a truly unique sound, especially because of the voices.
                would love to hear a song in the next gta, that would be a cool reminiscene. r.i.p. mca
                • Christobell46on May 5 2012, 6:13pmReplyFlag
                  rest in peace :(
                  • GTAMASTER_08on May 5 2012, 5:17pmReplyFlag
                    R* A -- thanks for the recommendation, will check the video out. Hope you are enjoying your day. Happy Saturday here in NYC, don't let the rain fool us :)
                    • WolfRogerson May 5 2012, 4:45pmReplyFlag
                      RIP MCA, been listening to my stockpile of Beastie Boys albums all day to, well, celebrate how awesome he was, a big loss to the more creative side of Rap!
                      • wildbrazucaon May 5 2012, 4:19pmReplyFlag
                        i meant peace for all of the people of his and of us...
                        • wildbrazucaon May 5 2012, 4:13pmReplyFlag
                          the very best rap band of US loose one important piece... didn´t knew aboutthat punk rock phase before these video...so long MCA piece for all...
                          • IRISH_KEV8T6on May 5 2012, 3:42pmReplyFlag
                            R.I.P Yauch, Your music will live on forever, would be nice to hear some of it in the next Gta.
                            • Jeano69on May 5 2012, 1:27pmReplyFlag
                              R.I.P Adam Yauch, and deffo agree with the comments for a beastie boys track in GTAV.
                              • goldpanzeron May 5 2012, 1:21pmReplyFlag
                                put a song in the next gta, he would love it.
                                pray for him, his family and friends.
                                • VinnieGognitti0on May 5 2012, 1:09pmReplyFlag
                                  Still blarin through my speakers today!! Beastie Boys will forever rock on in my life. Rest Easy MCA and thank you for making the 80's and 90's a big party
                                  • djvicboyaon May 5 2012, 12:35pmReplyFlag
                                    R.I.P MCA
                                    • Megadeth1994on May 5 2012, 12:33pmReplyFlag

                                      gonna blast that to MP3!! :L
                                      • R* Aon May 5 2012, 12:29pmReplyFlag
                                        Thanks for jumping in with your RIP messages, guys. Yes, a very sad loss for the entire music world.

                                        Yes, he was another real Brooklynite.
                                        If you've never seen it, this is Jay-Z's tribute to MCA from a few years back when it was first revealed he was sick

                                        @Joy-Stick You're of course entitled to your opinion of their music subjectively - but these guys really had far-reaching impact and influence. MCA and the Beasties brought a punk attitude to the hip-hop world influencing the likes of Dr. Dre from across the country as he was recording NWA's first album (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QpuG8Mo1FYk#t=715s) and their evolution into genre-bending progressive rock / hip-hop / funk showed everyone that you didn't have to stay within the confines of one musical format to be a popular band anymore. Definitely recommend you check out more of their stuff. Cheers.
                                        • robot22_22on May 5 2012, 12:15pmReplyFlag
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