This weekend has been a very sad one as we mourn the loss of the Beastie Boys' MCA (Adam Yauch). Adam was a fantastic director, humanitarian, activist, musician and all around great guy.
The rap and music world in general would be a completely different place if it hadn't been for the Beastie Boys innovations.
Paul's Boutique is my favorite album. Critics panned it at first, I think, because it was ahead of it's time. However, every one of their albums are awesome.
On Friday, I went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at Prudential in Newark, NJ. RHCP kept mentioning MCA and playing snidbits of songs throughout the night. After playing What'cha Want, Chad looked to heaven and said thank you Adam.
The Beastie Boys and RHCP both launched around the same time and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a couple weeks ago...the same night as the Beastie Boys.
The last thing Adam Yauch worked on was Fight for Your Right Revisited which was essentially the video for Make Some Noise off of Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (great album, pick it up). It features lots of actors including Will Farrell and Steve Buscemi.
Adam was a big Cheech and Chong fan. "We're the Beastie Boys, not Cheech and Chong."
Here are some clips from the Red Hot Chili Peppers show.