Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch
For this post, there is no ‘Jackhole;’ there is only a ‘Homie.’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away this weekend after years of battling cancer, and I don’t believe that posting a satirical contrast would pay him the respect that he deserves. MCA (MC Adam) contributed to so much of my youth and I am literally in tears from his passing. Honestly, it’s a little out of character for me to respond like this to the death of a celebrity. Even sweet little Brittany Murphy didn’t get so much as a single teardrop. So why, then, are the water works turning on in this case? Probably because his death is actually due to life happening to a person… not a person living on the edge.
Not to mention, I have been listening to the Beastie Boys for 20 years. They helped me through my awkward adolescence, my young adult rebellion, and everything in between. How many bands can anyone say that about? Crazy ish, man. And that was in the 90’s, when I lived in the suburbs and everyone pretty much did as they were told. Everyone needs a little bit of healthy rebellion. Literally, the first rebellious music I ever listened to was -ironically- on the way to church camp when I was 11. My sister’s boyfriend had his boombox on his lap, and he played his cassette with ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ and ‘Fight for Your Right,’ and I was hooked. I had never had a single thought of defiance. Granted, an 11 year old should have boundaries… but what about a person’s individuality? What about their personal views that need developing? MCA was the last piece of the puzzle before Beastie Boys chose their new name, their direction, and went on to create music that would remain classics for decades.
And I’m just a grain of sand… when you have Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Rainn Wilson, and Rev Run tweeting in mourning, you know the whole nation has been affected.
MCA, you will live on in my iPod forever… or until the world revolutionizes mp3’s. I’ll keep rockin your party eight days a week:)