Over the weekend, more hip-hop icons paid tribute to Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch, who tragically passed away on Friday aged 47 following a three year battle with cancer. Eminem, who cites the Beasties as one of his influences, issued the following statement to MTV.
“Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it’s obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock.”
Legendary emcee, Nas – who worked with the Beastie Boys on their Hot Sauce Committee Part Two cut, “Too Many Rappers” – also shared his words on MCA’s passing and remembers working with the iconic trio.
“One of my greatest moments in music was when I worked with the Beastie Boys. … Now today I’m hearing our brother is gone. I prayed this would not happen. MCA was so cool, man. We had great talks about what it was like for them in the beginning, getting into the rap game. I’ll never forget that experience for the rest of my life. MCA is a true legend who influenced me. God bless his soul and his loved ones.”
LL Cool J, Lyor Cohen and many more have sinced react to Yauch’s passing. Coldplay even covered the Beastie Boy’s classic 1987 anthem, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”, at a recent show in Hollywood.