It is the end of an era; the party is over. For people who grew up in the 80s -- particularly New Yorkers -- the death of Adam Yauch, aka "MCA" of the Beastie Boys is a hard pill to swallow. They were the sountrack to our most carefree and fun years. It is not supposed to end in death. These guys, from Stuyvesant High School -- the Specialized New York Public School -- represented the height of satirical, fun rap, crossing the color barrier. Until then hip-hop was almost entirely of the inner city, almost entirely belonging to brown people. But of course it was not and is not. Rap was -- and is -- the new punk rock.
48 years of age is far too short a lifespan, particularly for a humanitarian as talented as he was. May he rest in peace.
Here are some of the high profile testimonials coming across social media fast and furious (UPDATED):
Fab 5 Freddy: "
Slash: "Sad day. MCA was fucking awesome. RIP man. We'll miss you very much."
Sasha Frere-Jones, music critic: "Fucking fucking fuck."
Kim Hastreiter, Paper magazine publisher and editor: "rip beasty boy adam yauch. i am so sad to hear this."
DJ Eko: "
Samantha Ronson: "wow- RIP Adam Yauch-
Anil Dash: "
Occupy Wall Street Twitter Feed: "Adam Yauch marched with us in November over the Brooklyn Bridge. He was a visionary artist who never lost sight of his community.
Joanna Angel, porn star: "Aw man !!! No !! Not a cool and talented Jew from new York . No !!! I am not ok with this . Fuck .
Senator Charles Schumer (or, more likely a very cool staffer manning his Twitter account) "Born and Bred in Brooklyn, U.S.A., they call him Adam Yauch, but he's M.C.A. RIP Adam.
McLean Greaves: "
Chris C. Turner: "Everyone between the age of 20 and 40 should be allowed to leave work right now and go drink Brass Monkey."