Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Adam Yauch’s musical legacy and revisit audio & video highlights from his career below!
Born: August 5, 1964
Died: May 4, 2012
Biography: For more than three decades, Adam Yauch—also known as MCA—created irreverent and imaginative music that fused rap with funk and rock as a member of the Beastie Boys. He started out as a teenager, playing hardcore punk with Mike D (Michael Diamond), Kate Schellenbach, and John Berry. The band soon evolved, shedding members Schellenbach and Berry and bringing in Adam Horovitz, also known as Ad-Rock.
This trio showcased their legendary sense of humor on one of their early tracks, "Cooky Puss." Named after a popular Carvel ice cream novelty cake, this rap single featured crack calls to an ice cream shop. Before long, Yauch and his band mates met Rick Rubin who served as their DJ for a time. Rubin and Russell Simmons, the co-founders of the Def Jam record label, started working with the trio. In 1984, Def Jam released the Beastie Boys' single, "Rock Hard." [Read Mr. Yauch’s full bio via Wikipedia]
Discography (Beastie Boys Studio Albums):
Licensed to Ill (1986) | Read More
Paul's Boutique (1989) | Read More
Check Your Head (1992) | Read More
Ill Communication (1994)
Hello Nasty (1998) | Read More
To the 5 Boroughs (2004)
The Mix-Up (2007)
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011)