Good Times Gone But You Feed It
Hate's Grown Strong You Feel You Need It
Just One Thing Do You Know
What You Think That The World Owes You
What's Gonna Set You Free
Look Inside And You'll See
When You've Got So Much To Say
It's Called Gratitude, And That's Right
May 4th, 2012 marked the end of an era...The Beastie Boys are no more. People in life come and go, everyone has a number, and sadly Adam "MCA" Yauch's number is officially up. A spiritual individual he was, a self-proclaimed Buddhist who went on to organize the Tibetan Freedom Concert back in the 90's. Adam, along with his partners in crime (Mike D & Ad-Rock), influenced and touched everyone who was willing to give The Beastie Boys a shot and since the release of "Ill Communication" back in 1986, they became a hip-hop household name who amazed generations of music fans.
I'm 27 years old (soon to be 28) and I remember the old school days of MTV (you know, when they actually gave two fucks about music) when "Sabatage" and "So Whatcha Want" ruled the air. 1992 was the year I got into them and now, 20 years later, It pains me to no end to have to write this. I never got to personally see them live, but the closest I came to it was in March of 2006 when my two best friends Sean & Joe had me come with them to Regal Cinemas in Belair to see their live movie "Awesome, I Fucking Shot That!", a full 2 hour live show from MSG that was recorded by 50 random fans throughout the arena with their camcorders that were supplied by the group. It was definitely an amazing time and now I'll remember it even more since I'll officially never see them perform as a trio.
Exactly a year before Adam's passing, The Beastie Boys released what is now their final album, "Hot Sauce Committee Pt II". I've always thought that album was their best effort since 97's "Hello Nasty" and now that it's their last release, I'm extremely happy with that. Personally I think that album has some of MCA's best material, lyrically. It also includes the single, "Make Some Noise", and the video was the perfect conclusion to their "Fight For Your Right" video from '86.
I don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said today by millions of fans...
"Adam, we all love and miss you so fucking much. Thank you for the music and inspiration for the last 20 years of my life. As soon as I read about your passing I got tickets for us to see you and your fellow bandmates perform at the "Golden Gate Benefit" I heard you're already planning. The cost of the tickets was my soul, so when my number's up...I'll be seeing you soon."