RIP: MCA, Fighter For The Right To Party, Is KIA

ROLLING STONE: Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch’s illness prevented […]

REVIEW: Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee II

BY MATTHEW HENGEVELD Albums like Paul’s Boutique make men out of Boys, and in the process change the game. Coming on the heels of the critically acclaimed/commercially successful Licensed To Ill, Paul’s Boutique didn’t much impress Capitol Records, their label at the time, or for that matter anyone at the RIAA. Paul’s Boutique literally was the holy-baloney “I can’t believe you sampled Johnny Cash” mother lode debacle of the music-sampling century. It eventually established a harsh precedent for all future sampling, requiring artists to acquire permission, and invariably pay through the nose, before sampling anything. This arguably compromised the art […]