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Russell Simmons, Rev Run, and Others' Twitter Reactions to Death of Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

Beastie Boys' MCA (AKA Adam Yauch), center, with his homeboys Ad-Rock and Mike D.
Beastie Boys' MCA (AKA Adam Yauch), center, with his homeboys Ad-Rock and Mike D.

See Crossfade's obituary for Adam Yauch as well as Crossfade's memorial slideshow of Beastie Boys concert photos.

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.


Run D.M.C.'s Rev Run is Russel Simmons brother and he knew Yauch well.


Def Jam Records is probably still eating off the Beasties.


Rapper Atmosphere would probably not exist without Yauch.


Boy George shared Yauch's spiritual beliefs and notes his global influence.

Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest hands out his condolences and recounts a Yauch memory.


Label exec and former mosh-rapper Fred Durst pays his respects.


The Chemical Brothers share an inspirational link.


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.


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