Adam Youch (aka MCA) loses battle with cancer.
May 4, 2012 – Sadly, Hip-Hop has lost a true icon of the genre. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame had just inducted The Beastie Boys last month. Unfortunately, Adam Youch (above center) could not attend the ceremony. Many knew of his battle with cancer since he was diagnosed in 2009. Today he has died.
The group was the first of its kind as a major white rap group in a black dominated medium. Due in part by the stewardship of legendary producer and record mogul, Rick Rubin, who introduced the group to mainstream audiences.