Beastie Boy Rapper MCA Dies At 47

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Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch

Adam Yauch, a founding member of pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died on Friday after a battle with cancer.

The co-founder of the Grammy-winning hip-hop giants the Beastie Boys has died after a three-year battle with cancer. Known for his gravelly voice and iconic music videos, his influence on hip-hop was immense — and helped alter Generation X youth culture. They won three Grammys: two in 1998 – best rap performance and best alternative music performance – and one in 2007, best pop instrumental album, for “The Mix Up,” according to the Grammys website. Yauch revealed in 2009 that he had a cancerous tumor in a salivary gland. The band canceled its scheduled concerts and delayed the release of an album.

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