Sure Shots! The 10 Best Tributes to Beastie Boys Member Adam "MCA" Yauch
May 8, 2012 - 1:54 pm
The Tribute: "V Exclusive! D.M.C. Praises the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA," as told to Keith Murphy
Where You Can Find It: VIBE
Why It's Dope: Excuse us while we use this first entry to pat ourselves on the back. But, we were able to track down D.M.C. the other day to talk about his time touring—and experiencing life—with the Beastie Boys and MCA. It shed some real light onto what kind of guy MCA was behind-the-scenes back in the day.
The Tribute: "Peace, Adam," by Sasha Frere-Jones
Where You Can Find It: The New Yorker
Why It's Dope: Frere-Jones knew MCA when he was younger and also saw him around his Brooklyn neighborhood during his later years. So, throughout the course of his narrative, he's able to describe the changes he saw in MCA in detail. He also does a nice job of showcasing how the Beastie Boys went from very minor to very major over the span of just a few short years.
The Tribute: "Adam 'MCA' Yauch: Rest In Peace," by Bill Adler
Where You Can Find It: Complex
Why It's Dope: Adler was the Beastie Boys' publicist back in the 1980s when they were first signed to Def Jam. So, you know he's got tons of stories about what they were like back in the day. And, he shares a few of them in this tribute that uses one of the less scandalous stories involving the group to highlight more about MCA's character.
The Tribute: "Afterword: Adam Yauch," by Mark Richardson
Where You Can Find It: Pitchfork
Why It's Dope: Millions of kids out there in the world literally grew up both with and like the Beastie Boys. They started off young and immature, turned into men, and then settled down and focused on the things in life that were really important. Richardson captures that sentiment perfectly and really makes MCA and the rest of the Beastie Boys relatable.
The Tribute: "R.I.P. Adam Yauch," by Tom Breihan
Where You Can Find It: Stereogum
Why It's Dope: Although this tribute is pretty biographical and straightforward, it's also necessary to get a good grasp of who MCA was simply by hearing someone state the facts. That's what Breihan does. Plus, he includes a dozen or so of the Beastie Boys' best videos and presents them unordered and without any editorializing. They're just there to enjoy. If you're too young to remember who the Beastie Boys were or what they stood for, this is the tribute you should be checking out.
The Tribute: "Boys to Men," by Hua Hsu
Where You Can Find It: Grantland
Why It's Dope: If you've read even just one or two of the tributes up through this one, you know who Adam Yauch was and what he stood for. But, what did his life represent? Hsu takes a closer look at that question and answers it by drawing his own conclusions based on the effect that the Beastie Boys had on his life.
The Tribute: "Adam Yauch's Beastie Boys Video: A History," by Gil Kaufman
Where You Can Find It: MTV
Why It's Dope: Admittedly, there are a zillion and one sites out there who have used MCA's death as a reason to post "Top 10" lists involving Beastie Boys videos. And with great reason. We've watched them all in the last few days. We'll suggest this one because Kaufman breaks down each video for viewers and provides a little bit of insight into each one of them.
The Tribute: "The Beastie Boys Gave Me My Start: Memories Of Adam Yauch," by Nina Gregory
Where You Can Find It: NPR
Why It's Dope: Gregory was once a part of the Beastie Boys' now-defunct magazine Grand Royal. So, she was able to wrangle together a bunch of different people who grew up with and worked with MCA and got them to tell their stories.
The Tribute: "Fight For Your Right" cover by Coldplay
Where You Can Find It: YouTube
Why It's Dope: Coolest thing Coldplay ever did? Yep. There were a number of different acts who covered the Beastie Boys this weekend to pay tribute to MCA. But, this one was just…cool. And, we think that's how the Beastie Boys would have wanted it.
The Tribute: Statement by the Dalai Lama
Where You Can Find It: TMZ
Why It's Dope: First off, major props to TMZ for tracking down the Dalai Lama. Say what you want about the site, but that is what we call a get! Secondly, how awesome is it that the Dalai Lama thought highly enough of MCA to make a statement on behalf of him? That's a true sign of the kind of legacy that he left on the world. As if you couldn't tell by all of these tributes, he will be missed.