Late Beastie Boy Adam 'Mca' Yauch is set to be honoured with a special tribute at the 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in his native New York. The rapper lost his battle with cancer on 4 May, 2012, aged 47, and organisers of the annual music event reveal they wanted to put together a show to salute his memory last summer (12) - but couldn't pull it off in time.
Wes Jackson, executive director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, says, "We reached out to (bandmate) Ad Rock right after MCA passed last year and asked if there was anything we could do to help celebrate the life of his brother.
"It was so soon that we were hesitant to even reach out. We wanted to give them space and time. We did speak to Cey Adams (longtime Beastie Boys collaborator) and tried to put something together but the timing wasn't right. We couldn't go another year without taking time out to honour what MCA did for our culture and our music."
Jackson has yet to reveals specific details of the tribute, but plans to hold a moment of silence in Yauch's memory.
The ninth annual festival will feature headline sets from Redman, EPMD and Pusha T and will take place from 10 to 13 July (13).
News of the tribute emerges two weeks after a park in Yauch's old Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood was renamed in the star's honour.