From the band’s website:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys … passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer,” the statement said.
Beastie Boys were the first white rappers I’d ever heard of. I’m pretty sure every old school friend I had owned a copy of License to Ill. Then they went and added Kerry King of Slayer to their video for (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) We were sold.
RIP, MCA, you are missed.