Eminem, Jay-Z, Madonna react to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's death
Thoughts from Nas, Chuck D, Kid Rock and more
Reaction to the death Friday of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys:
"Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock." — Eminem
"The Beastie Boys were one of a kind! And so was Adam!
They were all an important part of my musical history and integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time. I'm very sad to hear about Adam's passing.
God bless him and his family" - Madonna
"May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life." — Jay-Z
"Today, the music industry lost one of its brightest stars. As a founding member of the Beastie Boys, Adam was a true pioneer and a creative force who paved the way for so many of us. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans around the world." — Sean "Diddy" Combs
"One of my greatest moments in music was when I worked with the Beastie Boys ... Now today I'm hearing our brother is gone. I prayed this would not happen .. MCA was so cool, man. We had great talks about what it was like for them in the beginning, getting into the rap game. I'll never forget that experience for the rest of my life. MCA is true legend who influenced me. God bless his soul and his loved ones." — Nas
"Last night, I took a 14 hour flight to Sydney, Australia from LA, embarking on P.E.'s 80th tour in 25 years. I just landed to 65 texts with the news. Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago. They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then 'til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to lose many in your post-50 path of life. Still, I'm a bit teary-eyed leaving this plane. R.I.P. Adam aka MCA." — Chuck D of Public Enemy
"I thought I was the fourth member of Beastie Boys in seventh grade. You couldn't tell me I wasn't. The first time I ever saw them on stage was a very early show of theirs before "License to Ill" came out, opening for Run DMC at Joe Louis Arena. My jaw dropped to the floor! Not only was I the only white kid in the place (as far as I knew) but I said to myself, 'Holy (expletive), there's other white kids that rap?!? WOW!' My mind was blown. ... MCA I know was at the forefront of this in the group, and for that I am forever indebted. When I heard the news, a crazy chill went through my body like no other. I don't wanna sound all dramatic, but that's the truth. ... My heart absolutely bleeds for my friend Mike D. and for Ad-Rock. Having lost a member of my own band, I understand a little of what it's like. I only hope in writing this that it brings a little comfort to his friends, family and fans, what an inspiration this man was and always will be to me. ...From one of your biggest fans, rest in peace homeboy. — Kid Rock, who inducted the Beastie Boys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April
"MCA was a great artist, visionary and a selfless humanitarian He and his bandmates were especially kind to me and we became good friends. They took Tribe out on tour a couple of times and showed us the ropes. We spent a lot of time together and I learned a great deal from him and the boys. Our roots are intertwined in many ways. I can't put into words how crushed I am. My condolences goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed." — Q-Tip
As a co-founding member of the three-time Grammy-winning Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch was part of one of the most groundbreaking trios in hip-hop. The group's music crossed genres and color lines, and helped bring rap to a wider audience. A rapper, musician and director, Yauch was an immense talent and creative visionary, and an instrumental force in the group's career for more than three decades. In addition to his music and artistry, he was a philanthropist who devoted much of his energy to his passionate support for freedom of expression. The music world has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and fans throughout the world. — Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy
"Lots of us at MTV grew up with Adam and his Beastie brothers. He had a keen artistic eye and great wit that helped shape so many of the group's music and videos. He made us want to rock, scream and laugh all in one breath. We will miss him as will his many fans." — Van Toffler, President of Viacom Music Group
"It's impossible to measure the influence Adam Yauch and The Beastie Boys have had on me personally, on hip-hop culture as a whole, and on rock and roll in general. His legacy here at Def Jam is nothing short of iconic — he was one of the pioneering artists of this great label and family. We are filled with a sense of loss today...the Def Jam flag is at half mast. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones." — - President, Def Jam Recordings, the first label home of the Beastie Boys
"Adam Yauch was a pioneer who broke ground with his music and introduced hip hop to a wider audience. While we mourn the loss of one of our newest inductees, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thankful to have been able to honor Adam before his passing. Just two weeks ago, band mate Adam Horowitz read Yauch's acceptance letter at the 2012 induction ceremony and fellow inductees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their performance to him. Yauch's contributions to our culture as a musician, film director and advocate for the people of Tibet will be remembered forever."— Terry Stewart, President and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum
"R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!" — Rev. Run from Run-DMC, via Twitter
"(hash)RIPMCA the First Tape I ever bought as a kid was The Beastie Boys , Stank ya for the inspiration." — Big Boi of OutKast, via Twitter
"Adam Yauch (hash)RIPMCA. Thank you for Sabotage bass riff and many other great grooves. Adam also worked for justice and peace consciousness."— Krist Novoselic, via Twitter
"Now playing: something's got to give: BEASTIE BOYS R.I.P. M.C.A. One of the best hip-hop groups of all time! much love to MIKE-D and AD-ROCK." — Cee Lo Green, via Twitter
"Brooklyn_the Creative Capital of New York City_has made so many great contributions to music and the arts, and in the world of hip hop, they don't come much bigger than Brooklyn native Adam 'MCA' Yauch and his fellow Beastie Boys. ... Of course, Adam's home borough was immortalized in the Beastie Boys' 1987 hit, 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn,' and he never forgot where he came from with lyrics like 'Open Letter to NYC's' 'At lunch I'd go to Blimpies down on Montague Street and hit the Fulton Street Mall for the sneakers on my feet.' The thoughts and prayers of Brooklynites and music fans everywhere are with Adam's wife, Dechen Wangdu, and their daughter, Tenzin Losel, during this difficult time." — Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President.
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