Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (aka MCA), died last Friday, aged 47. The Brooklyn born rapper and bassist had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and, although he initially described his condition as ‘very treatable’, was too sick to attend the crew’s inauguration into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last year.
Signed to Def Jam Records, the Beastie’s found wordwide fame following the release of their multi-million selling 1986 LP ‘Licensed To Ill’, the first Hip Hop album to top the US chart, their in-yer-face punk rap style appealing to both blacks and whites (the crew had originally started out in 1979 as a Punk band, supporting the likes of the Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains). The Beastie Boys have released 8 albums in all, the most recent, ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’ issued only last year.
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