Friday, May 4, 2012

R.I.P. Adam Yauch (MCA of Beastie Boys)

Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA
(August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)

Earlier today founding member Adam Yauch, commonly known as MCA of the pioneering hardcore punk and Hip-Hop band Beastie Boys passed away after a long bout with cancer. Yauch was a multi-instrumentalist and emcee for the band, as well as a director of many of the Beastie Boys' videos and film distributor under the pseudonym "Nathanial Hörnblowér". In 2002, Yauch built a recording studio in NYC called Oscilloscope Laboratories and produced Build A Nation, the comeback album from hardcore/punk band Bad Brains. Oscilloscope Laboratories also distributed Adam Yauch's directorial film debut, basketball documentary Gunnin' For That #1 Spot (2008) about eight high school basketball prospects at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic at Rucker Park in Harlem, New York City, as well as Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Oren Moverman’s The Messenger (2009).

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