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An Amused Ad-Rock Takes The Stand In Beastie Boys V. Monster Energy; Defense Promises Jury Will Learn Definition Of “Dope”

Two years ago, just days after the death of Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch, Monster Energy Drink featured five Beasties songs from Z-Trip’s Beasties Megamix in a promo video for a snowboarding event called Ruckus In The Rockies. The end of the video featured the phrase “RIP MCA” in the same typeface as Monster’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 28, 2014 - 10:27 am

Watch Ad-Rock Speak At Adam Yauch Park Ceremony

Adam Yauch passed away one year ago today, on May 4th, 2012. Yesterday his family, friends, and former bandmates as well as city officials gathered at a park in Brooklyn Heights in his rememberance. During a ceremony attended by about 250, the park formerly named Palmetto Park was officially renamed Adam Yauch Park. Below, check… More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 4, 2013 - 11:24 am

Brooklyn Playground To Be Named After Adam Yauch

The New York Post reports that the borough of Brooklyn is about to rename Palmetto Playground, on State Street in Brooklyn Heights, after Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who died last year. Yauch was a Brooklyn Heights native, and the idea to rename the playground came from a blog post that became a Facebook campaign; it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2013 - 10:03 am

NY State Senate, Street Artists Honors MCA

Earlier this month, we lost Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and credit the government of his home state for knowing that they should probably do something to honor the man’s legacy. A couple of days ago, State Senator Daniel Squadron drafted a resolution to honor Yauch, and the state Senate adapted it. Below, watch video of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 17, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Download Coldplay’s “Fight For Your Right” Cover In Honor Of MCA

At the Hollywood Bowl last night, Coldplay revived their acoustic, piano-led cover of “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” in memory of Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away yesterday. Watch and download the MP3 below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 5, 2012 - 2:30 pm

20 Great Adam Yauch Moments

Today, we lost the great MCA, at the way-too-young age of 47. We knew he’d been fighting cancer for years, but this is still the sort of news that wrenches you around and leaves you dizzy. It’s nearly impossible to capture or quantify the sort of impact that Yauch and the Beasties had on music… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 4, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Artists Respond To The Death Of MCA

Since this news of Adam Yauch’s passing early today, Beastie Boys fans and peers have been sharing condolences, memories, videos, and tributes via Twitter. We’ve collected some of these Tweets from the artists we follow below. From Grizzly Bear to Big Boi to Weezer, it’s a sampling of the far-reaching impact the man had o… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 4, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Beastie Boys Official Statement On The Death Of Adam Yauch

Beastie Boys have released an official statement on the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 4, 2012 - 3:21 pm

R.I.P. Adam Yauch

Unbelievably, crushingly sad news to report. TMZ reports that Adam Yauch, otherwise known as Beastie Boys member MCA, has died. At this point, no cause has been revealed, though it’s likely to have something to do with the cancerous tumor that he was diagnosed with in 2009. He was 47. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 4, 2012 - 1:07 pm

The 8 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Wiley, Jessie J, Beastie Boys, and many others. Some of these videos have strong female leads — whether it’s the artist herself, or a great actress. With the very last two videos this week, I’m most impressed with how the actresses are able to express so much longing… More »

By: jessica / April 22, 2011 - 5:39 pm

“Fight For Your Right” Becomes A Movie, Mike D Remixes Lykke Li & Matt & Kim

According to NME, Adam Yauch is writing and directing a short film about the making of the Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).” It’s called Fight For Your Right Revisited, and it’ll premiere at Sundance’s Short Film Festival. Elijah Wood stars, and Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C Reilly… More »

By: jessica / December 9, 2010 - 9:57 am

Adam Yauch Checks In

The cancer-stricken Beastie offers updates on his post-diagnosis days: a trip to India and hangs with nuns and the Dalai Lama, his new vegan/organic diet, how he’s passing his time, etc. Read ‘em but don’t weep — he seems strong. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 7, 2009 - 3:57 pm

Adam Yauch Checks In

In an e-mail to fans, the ailing Beastie Boy discusses his cancer treatment and the good vibes he got from all the APW shout-outs. He’s rapidly recovering from surgery, and radiation starts in a few weeks. Read here and send positive thoughts. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 5, 2009 - 11:11 am

Lou Reed: “I Can’t Wear The Sunglasses Now Because I’d fall Over A Cable,” And Other Tribeca Film Festival Musical Revelations

The Tribeca Film Festival ended this weekend, and there was a lot of music-y stuff that went down before it did. The biggest news comes via the Julian Schnabel film Lou Reed’s Berlin. ThePlaylist saw it and said “If you don’t love Berlin the album (like know it front to back), this movie might not… More »

By: brandon / May 6, 2008 - 9:50 am