Adam Yauch

A founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch helped to bridge the gap between not only rock and rap, but between black and white listeners with his group's irreverent, often surreal ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (17)

Bad Words 2014 (Movie)

("Off The Grid") (Song)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

("Body Movin (Fatboy Slim Remix)") (Song)

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

("I Want Some") (Song)

Fun Size 2012 (Movie)

("(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)") (Song)

This Means War 2012 (Movie)

("Sabotage") (Song)

30 Minutes or Less 2011 (Movie)

("Sure Shot") (Song)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("Make Some Noise") (Song)

Real Steel 2011 (Movie)

"Here's A Little Something For Ya" (Song)

Cop Out 2010 (Movie)

("No Sleep Till Brooklyn") (Song)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

("Groove Holmes") (Song)

17 Again 2009 (Movie)

("Drop") (Song)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

("Sabotage") (Song)

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

("Hey Ladies") (Song)

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot 2008 (Movie)

Scoring (Music)

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

(Music)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

("Fight for Your Right to Party") (Song)

Crossroads 2002 (Movie)

("So Have I for You (contains 'Car Thief')") (Song)
Actor (4)

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

Himself--'Beastie Boy' (Actor)

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Futurama 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice
Producer (4)

Fight for Your Right Revisited 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Free Tibet 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (3)

Fight for Your Right Revisited 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot 2008 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Writer (1)

Fight for Your Right Revisited 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch helped to bridge the gap between not only rock and rap, but between black and white listeners with his group's irreverent, often surreal songs and music videos. Yauch began the group as a teenager, ushering it from a brief tenure as a punk act in the late 1970s to an early hip-hop act anchored by crude but deftly delivered anthems to debauchery like "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" They transformed themselves into a more mature, if still wryly humorous group that mixed their punk past with elements of jazz, electronica and heavy doses of samples from obscure records, earning Grammys along the way for the albums Hello Nasty (1998) and its addictive single "Intergalactic." Yauch himself became a well-regarded director, helming the Beastie Boys' videos as well as the concert feature "Awesome; I Shot That!" (2006) and the basketball documentary "Gunnin' for That No. 1 Spot" (2008). The Beastie Boys came full circle in 2012 with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; unfortunately, Yauch was unable to attend the ceremony due to what many speculated was cancer of the parotid gland, for which he had been previously treated in 2009. Yauch's death in May 2012 devastated the Beasties' global network of fans, which remembered MCA as a boundlessly creative figure in hip-hop and Hollywood for over a quarter of a century.

Relationships

Dechen Wangdu

Wife
Married in May 1998 until Yauch's death on May 4, 2012

Tenzin Yauch

Daughter
Born in 1998; mother, Dechen Wangdu

Noel Yauch

Father

Frances Yauch

Mother

EDUCATION

Edward R. Murrow High School

Brooklyn , New York

Bard College

Milestones

2012

The Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Yauch was unable to attend induction ceremony due to illness

2011

Directed a cast of comedy all-stars including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Seth Rogen in the short film "Fight for Your Right Revisited"

2009

Group went into more experimental direction with eighth studio album Hot Sauce Committee

2008

With the Beastie Boys, won Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy for The Mix-Up (2007)

2004

Released chart-topping album To the 5 Boroughs with the Beastie Boys

2004

Launched film and distribution company in downtown Manhattan named Oscilloscope Laboratories

1999

The Beastie Boys won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Performance (Hello Nasty) and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Intergalactic")

1998

Added turntablist Mix Master Mike to band's lineup; released alternative-rap album Hello Nasty

1998

Executive produced feature documentary "Free Tibet"

1994

Co-founded the Milarepa Fund with activist Erin Potts, which raised money and awareness for Tibetan independence movement

1994

Band headlined at Lollapalooza music festival

1994

Group's fourth studio album Ill Communication landed at No. 1 on Billboard, thanks to lead single "Sabotage"

1992

The Beastie Boys formed own label Grand Royal; signed artists Luscious Jackson and Sean Lennon to its roster

1992

Directed the music video for "So What'cha Want" using the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér

1992

Returned to punk rock roots with third album Check Your Head, recorded in band's G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, CA; album featured hit single "So What'cha Want"

1989

Sophomore album Paul's Boutique released under Capitol Records

1986

Group released debut album Licensed to Ill under Rubin's Def Jam label; became first hip-hop album to top the Billboard 200 chart; included breakout single "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"

1985

Incorporated rap into group's sound; began longtime with DJ and producer Rick Rubin with the EP Rock Hard; band re-formed into a rap trio as Adam 'MCA' Yauch, Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz

1985

The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna's "The Virgin Tour"

1985

Appeared in the feature film "Krush Groove"

1983

Adam Horovitz joined group after Berry's departure

1981

Group performed first live show at Berry's loft

1978

Formed hardcore punk band The Young Aborigines in New York with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Michael Diamond; later renamed the Beastie Boys

Taught himself to play guitar while in high school

Bonus Trivia

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Yauch introduced his alter-ego Nathanial Hörnblowér at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards when he stormed the stage in costume to protest R.E.M.'s win for Best Direction over the Beastie Boys video "Sabotage."

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In 2009, Yauch revealed in a YouTube video to fans that he was undergoing surgery and radiation treatment for cancer in the Parotid gland in his neck.

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"He was one of the top 10 voices in hip-hop." – Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels on Yauch, quoted in Rolling Stone, May 24, 2012

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"Yauch was in charge. He had that extra drive in him, to see things through." – Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz quoted in Rolling Stone, June 7, 2012

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