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Remember ‘MCA’ Adam Yauch With the Best Beastie Boys Videos

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The music world is in a state of shock and sadness with passing of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch from what are believed to be complications from parotid gland cancer.

Yauch, who was better known by his stage name MCA, was 47-years-old. It was Yauch who founded the Beastie Boys — which was initially a hardcore punk band — in 1979. In 1983, Yauch hooked up with Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Michael Diamond (Mike D) to form what was until today the Beastie’s lineup. In 1986 ‘Licensed to Ill’ was released, and the rest is history.

Besides being a hip-hop pioneer, Yauch was an accomplished visual artist, who directed many of the band’s videos under his alter-ego Nathanial Hörnblowér. (Nathaniel was his middle name.)

To honor the life and works of Yauch, we’ve compiled some of our favorite Beastie Boy videos. Check them out below.

In 1994, Yauch, dressed as Nathanial Hörnblowér, crashed the stage at the MTV Music Video awards when REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ defeated the Beastie Boy’s ‘Sabotage’ for best director in a video. While MCA/Yauch/Hörnblowér didn’t really have “all the ideas for ‘Star Wars,'” as he claims from behind the podium, the irreverent prankster was a pop cultural giant. Good night, sweet prince.

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