Eminem, Jay-Z, Q-Tip And More React To Adam Yauch's Passing
The death of Beastie Boys co-founder, activist, filmmaker and director Adam Yauch has stunned many in the music community. Eminem, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, Cee Lo Green, The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali and may more weigh in, via statements and tweets, on why Yauch's passing is so devastating:
Eminem: "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock."
Thom Yorke of Radiohead: "I was very sad to hear the news of Adam Yauch's death yesterday. We looked up to the Beastie Boys a lot when we were starting out and how they maintained artistic control making wicked records but still were on a major label, and the Tibetan Freedom Concerts they organized had a very big influence on me personally and the way Adam conducted himself and dealt with it all impressed me a lot. He was a mellow and v smart guy. May he rest in peace."
Jay-Z: "May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life."
The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd: "That badass MCA bass line from Gratitude will always be floating out in space, ready to blow aliens' minds. Peace and respect to @MCAdamYauch"
Yeasayer: "R.I.P. MCA. A legend, an innovator ... Listening to the B-Boys as a kid opened my eyes to a whole new world of music."
Nas: "One of my greatest moments in music was when I worked with the Beastie Boys ... Now today I'm hearing our brother is gone. I prayed this would not happen .. MCA was so cool, man. We had great talks about what it was like for them in the beginning, getting into the rap game. I'll never forget that experience for the rest of my life. MCA is true legend who influenced me. God bless his soul and his loved ones." —
Q-Tip: "MCA was a great artist, visionary and a selfless humanitarian He and his bandmates were especially kind to me and we became good friends. They took Tribe out on tour a couple of times and showed us the ropes. We spent a lot of time together and I learned a great deal from him and the boys. Our roots are intertwined in many ways. I can't put into words how crushed I am. My condolences goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed."
Deer Tick: "RIP MCA. The Tick will be in tribute mode tonight in SD fo' sho.'"
Nirvana's Krist Novoselic: "Adam Yauch #RIPMCA. Thank you for Sabotage bass riff and many other great grooves. Adam also worked for justice and peace consciousness."
Cee Lo Green: Now playing: something's got to give: BEASTIE BOYS R.I.P. M.C.A. One of the best hip-hop groups of all time! much love to MIKE-D and AD-ROCK."
Plants and Animals: "RIP MCA, first album I bought was Licensed to Ill."
David O'Brien (Atlanta Braves): "Just heard about all the #Mets hitters using Beastie Boys songs for their walk-up music tonight. Very cool gesture."
Alisa Ali of The Alternate Side: "The news of MCA's passing really upsets me. What is going on? Levon Helm, Pete Fornatale and now Adam Yauch? Growing up in NYC, I've never NOT listened to the Beastie Boys. When I got my first car in college, I used to blast the Beasties with the windows rolled down. I listened to their music so much that it became an extension of myself; part of my identity. When they finally released Hot Sauce Committee, Pt 2 I was so glad that they were still representing. In fact, almost every time I played 'Make Some Noise' on the show, I couldn't stop myself from saying, 'Yeah, I'm still with you!' This one really hurts. You will be missed, MCA. But I'll always love your music and you'll always be represented on The Alternate Side.
And Coldplay even touchingly honored the Beastie Boys and Yauch at their show at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night.