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Adam Yauch Was 'In Charge' Of Beastie Boys, Says Adam Horovitz In New Interview

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Ad-Rock, Mike D and MCA: The Beastie Boys
Ad-Rock, Mike D and MCA: The Beastie Boys

For the first time since Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away, a member of the group has spoken out about his untimely death.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) said that he still gets emotional when thinking about his lost friend.

"My wife is like, 'I want to make sure you're getting it out,'" Horovitz told David Fricke in the magazine. "But then I'm walking the dog and I'll start crying on the street. It's pretty f--king crazy."

Yauch died on May 4 after a three-year battle with cancer.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam 'MCA' Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer," said a note on the Beastie Boys' website. "He was 47 years old."

For Horovitz, Yauch was the glue that held the group together.

"Yauch was in charge," he said to Rolling Stone. "He was smarter, more organized. In a group of friends, you all come up with stupid sh-t to do. But you never do it. With Yauch, it got done. He had that extra drive to see things through. We each had our roles. One of his was the make-it-happen person."

Horovitz says that it was Yauch's idea to make the acclaimed video for the song "Sabotage," which cast the Beastie Boys as '70s-style television cops. Spike Jonze directed the clip, which you can watch below.

Along with Yauch and fellow Beastie Mike Diamond, Horovitz was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

For more from Horovitz and his relationship with Yauch, click over to RollingStone.com.

[via Rolling Stone]

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