“…it’s the BEA-STIIEE-BOOOYS!!!”
This goes out to Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch the husky voiced hip-hop pioneer of the Beastie Boys who sadly died yesterday. Not only were the Beastie Boys the first big band in my life, they were also the main influence to a whole generation of musicians and music lovers.
They certainly sparked my love for all things punk and hip-hop.
Too sweet to be sour…
Too nice to be mean…
MCA – Intergalactic
Adam Yauch’s impact on the band was an important one. Each of the 3 MCs and a DJ brought something to the tables. MCA’s lyrics were full of wit and vigour as well as the fact he was responsible for that bass line in Sabotage.
Adam Yauch always seemed to be the mature, “grown-up” member of the group. Maybe it was the deep gravelly voice, but over the years he grew into an influential figure as a Buddhist, a human rights campaigner, a director and yet also was still very much relevant as a musician and lyricist.
Licensed to Ill is still in my top ten albums of all time. Not only because it’s a seminal album – important both to me personally and to music as a whole – but the stories of the Licensed to Ill Tour are legendary and entertained me highly reading them as a young influenced teen.
Although having said that, I was more of the Hello Nasty generation, I have two copies of that album proudly sat on my shelf. One copy is scratched to the point I can’t even play it any more so had to buy another, but I’m too sentimental to throw it away.
The Beastie Boys shaped my music taste. They added a fun side to the angry intimidating world of the hip-hop scene and made it feel like it was OK for little dorks like me to like rap music.
I really can’t find the words to describe my sadness at the passing of MCA.
In fact I’ll quote director Kevin Smith as he said it better than I ever could:
“For a Beastie, you sure were a beaut.”
A few choice words from the…
‘Cause I’m freaky streaker like Winnie the Pooh.
With t-shirt and no pants I dance the Bugaboo.
– That’s All There Is
If you try to knock me you’ll get mocked
I’ll stir fry you in my wok
Your knees will start shaking and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock
The Patty Duke, the wrench, then I bust the tango,
Got more rhymes than Jamaica’s got mangoes.
– Shake Your Rump
Because I saw you at the checkout line,
You dropped your coupons, and you were lookin’ fine.
– Boomin’ Granny
Sharp cheddar… my rhymes are better
– Triple Trouble
I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast,
But I’m intercontinental when I eat French toast
– The Move
You should’ve never started something that you couldn’t finish,
‘Cause writing rhymes to me is like Popeye to spinach
– Professor Booty