Friday, May 4, 2012
Today we lost a very important human being. Adam Yauch was not only a rapper, an entertainer, a musician. He was a poet, a brilliant lyricist, a criminally underrated MC and to me, one of the first examples (perhaps the first) of a musician that actually spoke articulately, carried weight with his words and never pandered to anyone.
The Beastie Boys, a group who started off as a shitty little punk band, turned into mouthy rappers, turned into accomplished performers, turned into humanitarians...But NEVER lost sight of what they were at their core: A band. A fucking brilliant band who knew EXACTLY how to have fun. Check Your Head is probably the finest example of true hip hop/rock crossover material. They never made bad records, but this one is especially noice (natch). A Desert Island Disc for sure. MCA had the dopest rhymes, the best lines, the gruffest tones. He was their Tom Waits. Their Bob Dylan.
I really don't know what else to say. I'm beyond heartbroken over his passing. I hope his family and friends will find peace, now that his struggle is over. "I got more rhymes that I got grey hairs. So that's a lot because I got my share". Best. Line. Ever. Rest In Peace, Adam Yauch. A Legend.
Posted by Stupid and Unkind at 4:32 PM