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rest in peace mca

May 5th, 2012 by Giselle

fans each have their favorite beasties album, song, memory. some of us were lucky to see them in concert throughout these years (or spot them skating in the east village). you cannot get cooler than the beastie boys. i repeat, you cannot get cooler than the beastie boys. when news broke yesterday that mca had passed, all of us paused for a minute and felt this pulling away of a personal era. time elapsed in one flip of a record.

indeed, yesterday marked the end of the beastie boys, too; a harsh reminder of the somber reality that everything in this world is temporary. and art lives on. mca was a good person, that raspy voice and social consciousness made him a class act and a creative force. he was a father and husband who fought three courageous years to live through cancer. he evolved, like mike d and ad-rock, from delinquency into a deeper person without losing his sense of humor, joy or edge. he tried to do something bigger with his gifts, while staying humble (see: milarepa foundation). he was spiritual and present.

his presence in this world will be missed terribly by all us who were lucky enough to enjoy even a little part of him—even from a distance—for the precious time that we did. thank you adam yauch. in your wake, journey, search for peace and ultimate letting go, you left us with so much.

“i wanna say a little something that’s long overdue/ the disrespect to women has got to be through/ to all the mothers, and the sisters and the wives and friends/ i wanna offer my love and respect to the end.” —mca, “sure shot”

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