10 Classic Beastie Boys Television Performances

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The passing of Beasties Boys member MCA in 2012 is still being felt today by his family, friends, and fans, and that pain won’t let up anytime soon. Whether you grew up a hardcore fan like I did listening to the Beastie Boys’ music or not, their contribution as a group to the culture is undeniable, and MCA was the heart and soul of all they gave to us. Every white rapper out here (including myself) owes the Beastie Boys a debt of gratitude for breaking down barriers for them early on. They knew how to make hit records, have fun, and unlike fellow contemporary white hip-hop artists like Vanilla Ice, they never came off corny. They were three dope MCs and musicians who represented New York to the fullest, were never afraid to be themselves, and with every album release, they pushed hip-hop forward. And most especially, they were ill performers, who knew how to put on a great live show.

To honor MCA and his living bandmates Mike D and Ad-Rock, and celebrate this year’s 20th anniversary of their album Ill Communication (which is a personal Ipcus favorite), I put together a collection of 10 Classic Beastie Boys Television Performances for our latest Video Vault. These hand-picked clips span the first 20 years of their career dating back to their infant stages as a punk band in 1984, and showcase the Beasties’ incredible on-stage chemistry, from the rhymes to the instrumental riffs to the humor. Click the link below to read/watch. This is dedicated to MCA, Rest In Peace.

CLICK HERE: Video Vault: 10 Classic Beastie Boys Television Performances 

Previously: Video Vault: 5 Classic Television Performances by The Roots 

Video: MCA Day 2013 (Recap)

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Revolt chronicles the first annual MCA Day in Brooklyn, held in honor of the memory of the late Adam “MCA” Yauch of The Beastie Boys.

Previously: Brooklyn Heights Park Named After Beastie Boys’ MCA | Talib Kweli Debuts New Song in Toronto, Pays Tribute to MCA (Video)

Brooklyn Heights Park Named After Beastie Boys’ MCA

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

This is really cool. As of today, the Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights is officially known as the Adam Yauch Park, named after the late MCA of Beastie Boys.

Tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of his passing.

Pic via Def Jam’s Instagram.

Previously: Rolling Stone’s MCA Cover

RIP MCA of the Beastie Boys

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Adam Yauch, bka MCA of the Beastie Boys,has passed away at age 47. While the cause of his death is not yet known, it was common knowledge that Yauch had been battling cancer for some time. So please join me in sending a hearty RIP to a Rap pioneer and a big FUCK YOU to cancer.

Report: GG via TMZ

Previously: Beastie Boys to be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

MCA is Recovering from Surgery

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009


RollingStones is reporting that he went through the procedure last week and that he’s already in recovery:

Beastie Boys‘ Adam “MCA” Yauch confirmed he’s making a quick recovery from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland — and thanked artists who have paid tribute to him onstage — in an e-mail message to fans dated today. In the personal missive, Yauch reveals his surgery was completed a week and a half ago, and that he spent only one post-op night in the hospital before heading home to recuperate, “have home cooked food and hang out with the family.” Yauch told fans about his cancer directly in a video message on July 20th.

“I haven’t taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should I say, taking them slows it down,” he writes, noting that it took several days to get the anesthesia from the operation out of his system. Yauch reveals he’s experiencing stiffness in his neck and jaw, but his condition is improving with each day. Radiation treatments, a “torture,” MCA says, which will involve “blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks” begin in several weeks.

But Yauch still has his mind on music, despite his medical setback. He writes that he saw all the All Points West tributes to the Beasties, who had to pull out of the festival at the eleventh hour due to his diagnosis. Shouting out Jay-Z for his cover of “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” and Coldplay’s Chris Martin’s solo piano take on “Fight for Your Right” with “good shit,” MCA also thanked Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O for wearing a “Get Well MCA” armband and Q-Tip for his good vibes. […]

“I do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well,” Yauch concludes. “Much love back at all of you!”

That’s great to hear. Hopefully the rest of his treatment will go smoothly and he can get back to his life. Best luck to him and the Beastie Boys.

Previously: Beastie Boys Cancel Tour Dates + Postpone Album Release