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MCA Dead: Adam Yauch Remembered With Beastie Boys Hits (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/04/2012 1:13 pm Updated: 05/04/2012 3:33 pm

Mca Dead Adam Yauch
Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch has died.

Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch -- otherwise known as MCA -- has passed away at the age of 47. The Beastie Boys have confirmed the news on their official website. Yauch revealed that he had cancer in a salivary gland in his neck in July 2009.

MCA's publicist also released a statement, per TMZ, writing, "It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam 'MCA' Yauch ... passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer."

Yauch was a member of hip-hop trio The Beastie Boys, together with his friends Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). In 1986, The Beastie Boys released their first full-length album, "Licensed to Ill," which became the first hip hop album to top the Billboard 200.

Recently, The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but Yauch was unable to attend the ceremony.

"Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in April," said a statement released by group in April. "Mike, Adam and Adam are truly grateful for the honor but with only two of the three Beastie Boys attending, they will unfortunately not be able to perform at the ceremony."

The Beastie Boys became just the third rap group to enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, after Run-D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007). The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame telecast is scheduled to air on HBO on Saturday night.

In honor of the fallen Beastie Boy, HuffPost Entertainment is taking a look back at some of MCA's most memorable performances. "Now my name is MCA. I got a license to kill."

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  • (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party). (C) 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group

  • Beastie Boys - Paul Revere (Live 1994)

    Beastie Boys perform Paul Revere Live (1994).

  • Intergalactic

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing Intergalactic. (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC

  • So What Cha Want

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing So What Cha Want. (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC

  • Three MC's and One DJ

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing Three MC's and One DJ. (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC

  • Sure Shot

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing Sure Shot. (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC

  • No Sleep Till Brooklyn

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing No Sleep Till Brooklyn. (C) 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group

  • Sabotage

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing Sabotage. (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC

  • Brass Monkey

    Music video by Beastie Boys performing Brass Monkey (Live At Madison Square Garden).

  • Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise

    The 5 minute video of "Make Some Noise" the first single from Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. For more information visit beastieboys.com twitter.com or facebook.com Out Now! HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE TWO on Itunes US & UK - glnk.it Out Now! HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE TWO on Amazon US & UK - glnk.it Music video by Beastie Boys performing Make Some Noise. (P) (C) 2011 Capitol Records, LLC and Beastie Boys. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, LLC, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028.

  • Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (Full Length)

    Official Full Length, Ultra HD and Explicit Director's Cut music video for Beastie Boys "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (featuring Santigold)" off their album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Directed by the legendary Spike Jonze. Production Company: Oscilloscope. Producer: Samantha Storr Get Hot Sauce Committee Part Two on iTunes: itunes.com Make Some Noise at makesomenoise.fm http www.facebook.com twitter.com Music video by Beastie Boys performing Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (Full Length). (P) (C) 2011 Capitol Records, LLC and Beastie Boys. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of app...

  • Beastie Boys - Rhymin' & Stealin' (Official Video)

    Taken from the Licensed To Ill VHS 1987.

  • Beastie Boys - Body Movin'

    Music video by The Beastie Boys performing Body Movin'. (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC

  • Beastie Boys on SNL, 1998: Adrock in comedy sketch 3 MC's & Sabotage

    Beastie Boys on Saturday Night Live; November 21st, 1998 0:09 "Candy Striper Spartans" sketch ft. Adam Horovitz and Jennifer Love Hewitt 1:14 "Three MC's And One DJ" 3:53 "Sabotage" with special guest appearances by Nathan Wind, Vic Colfari and Alasondro Alegr

  • Beastie Boys on Soul Train-performing Shadrach Interview

  • Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique Release Party

    Beastie Boys June 29th 1989 Paul's Boutique Release Party, Capitol Records Building (Rooftop), Hollywood California USA

  • Beastie Boys LIVE at the Isle Of Wight; Bestival 2007 ("Sure Shot" & "Sabotage" interview)

    0:00 SURE SHOT: y'all gotta listen out for when Money Mark drops "Another One Bites The Dust" into the mix! 2:51 witness Mike D brazenly threatening to smash our little Adrock with a basket. OH THE HUMANITY! 3:16 SABOTAGE: fucken awesome. that is all. I don't own this video! I got this from The Lord Of The Beastie Videos - "Porkys1982"! PLEASE ch-check him out if you'd like to see more! This is his YouTube channel: the www.youtube.com This is his Vimeo page: vimeo.com He has over 40 hours of Beastie TV interviews and performances for your viewing pleasure. Props, Ben! xoxo NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED! Proud to be a member of the Beastie grrrl movement! twibbon.com

  • Beastie Boys HILARIOUS interview for French TV, 2009

    I don't own this video! I got this from the The Lord Of The Beastie Videos - "Porkys1982"! PLEASE ch-check him out if you'd like to see more! This is his YouTube channel: the www.youtube.com This is his Vimeo page: vimeo.com He has over 40 hours of Beastie TV interviews and performances for your viewing pleasure. Props, Ben! xoxo NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED! Proud to be a member of the Beastie grrrl movement! twibbon.com

  • Beastie Boys Interview: Mike D and MCA

    Mike D and MCA stop by the MTV studios to discuss 'Anthology: The Sounds of Science' and the world premiere of "Alive" with Carson Daly on November 1, 1999.

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