Friday afternoon the world lost a true music legend. Adam “MCA” Yauch lost his 3 year long battle with cancer in his parotid gland. The general public was under the impression that he was getting healthier and the cancer was in remission, but when he was too ill to appear for their recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, everyone knew something was very wrong. At 47, he was much too young to go and still had so much to give the world, but at least he is at peace now.
In his honor, enjoy one of the quintessential Beasties tracks, “Sabotage.” It’s a brilliant blend of rock and rap (in a good way) and was groundbreaking for the time; it even got non-hip hop heads bobbing around to the unforgettable bass line and aggressive vocals. And of course, as memorable if not moreso was the hilarious cop show spoof of a music video. It remains a fan favorite video to this day.
While everyone knows MCA the rapper, fewer know that he directed most of the group’s music videos under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér, including the loveable video to this song. He also directed the fan-shot concert video “Awesome…I Shot That!” and had a film production company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, that produced several fantastic documentaries, including Exit Through The Gift Shop. He was also a passionate activist, spearheading the Tibetan Freedom concerts and other worthwhile causes, inspiring musicians across the world to use their music and platform to further important humanitarian causes.
Listen to this fun and hard-hitting track and think about about how lucky music lovers everywhere are for having such a talented man grace the world with his talents, even if it was for far too short of a time. Rest In Peace, Adam.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer