Music industry mourns the loss of MCA
The hip hop world lost a great legend on Friday as famed rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys succumbed to his battle with cancer. Industry bigwigs including Russell Simmons, Snoop Dogg Rev Run and Travis Barker all took to their Twitter pages to express their sadness.
"Rest In Peace Adam Yauch /MCA. 4ever somebody i looked up to & had the pleasure of meeting," Barker wrote, according to BET. "Damn this bums me out, we lost one of the best"
According to BET Russell Simmons was one of the most broken up over the news as he helped the Beastie Boys get to the level they are at today. Simmons signed the trio to Def Jam Records in 1985.
Not only were the Beastie Boys leaders in the world of hip hop for being an all-white group, but they also made waves for taking a stand against rapping about cars and hip hop clothes and instead trying to rap about more important facets of life.
In a 1999 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Yauch discusses a trip to Nepal he took in 1992 and how it helped him grow as an artist and change the message the group wanted to put out in the world.
"I really started thinking about our lyrics and how they affected people," Yauch said in the interview. "There are a lot of lyrics on our first two albums that talk about carrying guns or being disrespectful to women. We looked at it as a fantasy, a cowboy movie, but I began to realize those things have a deeper effect, where people actually think that's who we are. And in some cases, you kind of become that, a caricature of yourself, your image."
Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea recently commented on the impact the Beastie Boys had on not only the hip hop world, but on an entire generation.
"It was record after record after record where they were just the coolest thing on earth," Flea told The LA Times on Friday. "Every kid wanted to look like them, wanted to dress like them, wanted to be them....And you can't ignore the racial part....They were absorbing part of a culture that they weren't born into, but they approached it and channeled it in such an authentic way - they were just good."
Billboard.com reports Yauch died at the age of 47 after a three-year fight with cancer.