Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Loses Battle With Cancer

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Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys, also known as MCA, passed away today after a long battle with cancer.

Starting out as the bass player in the Beastie Boys when they were a hard-core punk rock band in the early ’80s, he, along with drummer Michael Diamond (also known as Mike D) and guitarist Adam Horovitz (King Ad-Rock) began rapping and were signed to Def Jam Records, where their Rick Rubin-produced debut, 1986-s Licensed To Ill became the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard charts.

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