Friday, May 04, 2012

A Nod to MCA

Nineteen hundred eighty-six was the first time many of the kids my age became aware of the Beastie Boys.  Their anthem "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" was an MTV and radio staple.  Of course, it was only a slight vision into what the Boys were capable of and, in reality, a first glance at rap for many white kids of that era (along, of course with Run-DMC).

But the Beastie's could never be defined.  And so it was that I chuckled when the obituaries began to run today for Adam Yauch, forever known by his moniker "MCA."  Some referred to Yauch, who died of cancer, only as a rapper.  Oh he was more.  The Beastie Boys were more.  Sure, they rapped.  But they also dabbled in elements of punk, ska, R&B, and rock and made brilliant videos to go with them.

The Beastie Boys website has a tribute posted to Yauch.  For me, we will go with a video - a legendary one at that - for "Sabotage."  It serves as the opening theme to "The Press Box."

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