The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch is dead. But the Beastie Boys live forever.
The rap crew's global cultural influence was cemented the moment they dropped the atomic boulder of musicality known as 1984's Licensed To Ill.
Everybody from Russel Simmons to Q-Tip, Boy George, Atmosphere, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Fred Durst will be crying tears in their beers tonight over the loss of MCA. And the proof of how much the world loved this Beastie Boy is all over Twitter.
Russel Simmons and Rick Rubin founded Def Jam Records, which signed the Beastie Boys and put out their classic debut album Licensed To Ill.
RIP Adam Yauch. My thoughts... bit.ly/KlPHkO
-- Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 4, 2012
Run D.M.C.'s Rev Run is Russel Simmons brother and he knew Yauch well.
R I P Adam... I'm devastated.Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!
-- Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) May 4, 2012
Def Jam Records is probably still eating off the Beasties.
-- Def Jam Recordings (@DefJamRecords) May 4, 2012
Rapper Atmosphere would probably not exist without Yauch.
wow. rest in peace adam yauch.
-- atmosphere (@atmosphere) May 4, 2012
Boy George shared Yauch's spiritual beliefs and notes his global influence.
Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!
-- boygeorge (@BoyGeorge) May 4, 2012
Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest hands out his condolences and recounts a Yauch memory.
RIP yauch and thank u mike and adam n adam 4 all of your help, the tours, the bball games, n great times. a humanitarian a tru friend
-- QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) May 4, 2012
Label exec and former mosh-rapper Fred Durst pays his respects.
A very sad day indeed. Adam YauchRIP.
-- Fred Durst (@freddurst) May 4, 2012
The Chemical Brothers share an inspirational link.
RIP Adam Yauch. thanks for the amazing music,continual inspiration youtube.com/watch?v=Sts5Zr...
-- Chemical Brothers (@ChemBros) May 4, 2012
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Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, one of the biggest bands in the world, remembers Adam Yauch from The Beastie Boys, an even bigger band.
Lollapalooza94 talked to Yauch almost everyday He was full of wisdom & encouragement for a freaked out kid like I was. Thank you MCA. LoveBJ
-- Billie Joe Armstrong (@BJAofficial) May 4, 2012