If you were a little stunned by the news of Adam Yauch's death on May 4, you weren't alone -- as Yauch's longtime Beastie Boys bandmate Mike Diamond puts it in an interview published in Rolling Stone, "He had us fooled in the most beautiful way ... I believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back."
The tributes keep coming in for late Beastie Boys emcee Adam Yauch. Just last weekend, 'MCA Day' took place in New York's Union Square, while the state's senators took a moment to recognize Yauch on the floor with a resolution recognizing his musical and philanthropic accomplishments. Billboard reports that the residents of Brooklyn have now started a Facebook petition to have the city's Squibb Park renamed in honor of Yauch, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights.
Cee Lo Green, of all people, hit the stage of the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas to pay tribute to late Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch with a lively run-through of the B-Boys classic '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!).' 'The Voice' coach was joined by his recently reunited band Goodie Mob, the Atlanta-based hip-hop collective, for the performance.
Because they probably shouldn't pour a Brass Monkey out for him, New York state senators have adopted a resolution to pause their proceedings in honor of Brooklyn's own Adam "MCA" Yauch. The Beastie Boy passed away on May 4, and the representatives are repping him and the Beasties by way of legislation. One line observes, "They can't, they don't, they won't stop changing the face of hip-hop, of music, and of our culture."
The Beastie Boys released a slew of amazing videos over the years, but perhaps none more memorable than the one for 'Sabotage,' the iconic cops-and-criminals clip for the first single off their 1994 album, 'Ill Communication.' Now, in the latest tribute to B-Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away earlier this month, a Portland-based filmmaker has reenacted the video with an absolutely adorable twist -- he cast his two young boys and their nephew to fill in for Yauch, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Mike "Mike D" Diamond.
Most hip-hop fans are probably aware of the way early records made liberal use of samples -- until a wave of copyright lawsuits changed everything in the late '80s, right around the time the Beastie Boys' groundbreaking, sample-heavy second album 'Paul's Boutique' was released. What they may not realize, however, is that those lawsuits are still going on; in fact, a new one was filed just last week -- two days before Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away.
The tributes to the Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch have been nonstop since his death last Friday (May 4). Musicians, celebrities and fans shared heartfelt words on message boards and social networking sites. The remaining members of the group, Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, were silent on the matter until earlier this week.