Today it was announced that Adam Yauch, aka MCA, of extremely influential hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has passed away. He was 47. In 2009 he was diagnosed with cancer.
The group is unquestionably among the most important forces in shaping hip-hop, breaking into the mainstream with a variety of genres. Yauch, in addition to being an MC for the group, also directed several Beastie Boys music videos—some of which landed in the Criterion Collection’s compilation of the Beastie Boys video clips. Nearly as varied and excellent as the Beastie Boys music, their music videos serve as an excellent tribute. Below are a selection of ten, the last moments of “Something’s Got to Give” perhaps being the most relevant on this sad day.
Something’s Got to Give (1992)
No Sleep Til Brooklyn (1987)
Hey Ladies (1989)
Shake Your Rump (1989)
So What‘cha Want (1992)
Sure Shot (1994)
Alive (1999, previously unreleased on The Sounds of Science)