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Adam Yauch

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Adam Yauch , also know as MCA, famous as starting member of the Beasty Boys. He started the band together with Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horowitz (Adrock) in New York. (1989).

Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced /ˈjaʊk/; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper, songwriter, and film director. He was best known as a founding member of hip hop trio the Beastie Boys, who formed in 1979 in New York City. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and sometimes worked under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér.

Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film production and distribution company based out of New York City. A Buddhist, he was involved in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert.


Early life

Yauch was born an only child in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frances, a social worker, and Noel Yauch, a painter and architect.[2] While his father had been raised a Catholic and his mother was Jewish, he received a non-religious upbringing.[3][4]

Yauch attended Edward R. Murrow High School in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. In high school, he taught himself to play the bass guitar.[5] Yauch formed the Beastie Boys with John Berry, Kate Schellenbach, and Michael Diamond.[6] They played their first show — while still a hardcore punk band in the vein of Reagan Youth — on his 17th birthday. He attended Bard College for two years before dropping out.[7]
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