Yauch, as a member of the Beastie Boys, can be considered one of the greatest rappers of all time (they have sold 40 million records), but that's not all he accomplished. He founded the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories after successfully directing several of the Beasties’ music videos (watch a couple below) under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. He was also heavily involved in the Tibetan independence movement, having founded the Tibetan Freedom Concerts.
Whether you like hip-hop music or not, you probably have danced to a Beastie Boys jam at one point or another. The trio changed the game, for both white boys, and for any musicians wanting to merge another genre with rap music. This weekend, I insist that everyone honor the memory of MCA because frankly, he was the illest. If you can attend a house party in Brooklyn and pretend it's the 1980's, do so. Otherwise, please find some way to get real like he would. I'm gonna bust out my best dance moves if I hear a tribute.
Before you enjoy some of his videos, I leave you with an MCA rhyme from the song Sure Shot:
"To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and the friends, I want to offer my love and respect to the end..."