I feel like I've been writing too many of these posts lately. This one comes from the world of hip hop. Adam Yauch, aka MCA aka Nathanial Hörnblowér, passed away yesterday at the age of 47. He had been suffering from cancer of the parotid gland and lymph node for about three years, which is likely what took his life.
As one-third of the hugely influential Beastie Boys, Adam helped create a very unique sound that remains influential even now. Not only were they the best white boys to touch hip hop they also, having started out as a punk band, helped to make it popular to mix hip hop and rock. Adam also directed music videos under the name Nathanial Hörnblowér and movies under his given name. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band just earlier this year.
Music lost a great pioneer today and he was taken far too young.
"Time to Get Ill" from Licensed to Ill
"Intergalactic" from Hello Nasty
"Make Some Noise" from Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2