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Adam Yauch

  • American musician
  • Born August 5, 1964
  • Died May 4, 2012

Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced ; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, musician, director and film distributor best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. 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 in New York City. As a Buddhist, he was involved in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert.


It just seemed like Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism - because that's mainly what I've been exposed to - was a real solid organization of teachings to point someone in the right direction. Some real well thought out stuff. But I don't know, like, every last detail about Buddhism.




I want to say a little something that's long overdue, the disrespect to women has got to be through. To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends, I wanna offer my love and respect till the end.




I feel that working with the camera and editing it is actually my strong suit.




I love the flow of the game. There's a certain fluidity to basketball. I don't enjoy watching baseball or football in the same way.




I was always tearing stuff apart to see how it worked.




I started feeling this little lump in my throat, like you would feel if you have swollen glands or something like that, like you'd feel if you have a cold, so I didn't really think it was anything.




People need to be more aware of how they're affecting people.




I didn't realize how much harm I was doing back then and I think a lot of rap artists probably don't realize it now. I said a lot of stuff fooling around back then, and I saw it do a lot of harm.




When I hear Obama speak he just seems really sincere and he just seems like somebody who actually has his heart and his motivation in the right place. Forget about color or race or gender or whatever, he's got his heart in the right place.




That's the strange thing about making a record. You can be in one mood for an hour, put it on a record, and you're remembered that way.




Just as we were finishing 'Paul's Boutique' we got our own places, and I was going out to clubs a lot less. I got a bit more introverted and spent a lot more time on my own reading. I would just go down to the esoteric bookstore and wander around.




I kind of remember a friend of mine saying, like, you guys should make a rap record. You know, because we were already making punk records. We were a punk band. And I kind of thought, that's crazy.



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