"His name was MCA I said howdy he said hi." ~ RIP Adam Yauch 1964-2012
Not only the hip hop world but the activist world has lost a true pioneer of music and peace. A founding member of The Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch aka "MCA" passed away on May 4, 2012 at age 47.
In addition to inspiring a generation to be original while questioning authority, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by the Chinese government.
He remained a dedicated activist his whole life; in his final months he was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement, including the November march across The Brooklyn Bridge.
Beastie Boy songs including "No Sleep til Brooklyn," "Fight for Your Right" and "Sabotage" have been sung by protesters since the OWS Movement began in the fall of 2011.