Adam Yauch, a co-founder of Grammy-winning hip-hop giants the Beastie Boys, died Friday after a three-year battle with cancer, the band's publicists said.
The 47-year-old, better known by his stage name MCA, died weeks after the pioneering white hip-hop act were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although he was too ill to attend.
"It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam "MCA" Yauch ... passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer," said a statement.
The Beastie Boys sold over 40 million records and released four number one albums, including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, "Licensed To Ill."
DJ Hurricane, who was the original DJ for The Beastie Boys, has released a statement on the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch.
MCA died from complications of lymph-node cancer on May 4.
DJ Hurricane reminisced on the good times he shared with MCA, whom he met as a part of Run-DMC’s entourage in 1986, on the “Raising Hell” tour.
DJ Hurricane was selected to be the replacement for Dr. Dre (of Yo MTV Raps!), who was disenfranchised with life on the road.
“As I mourn my friend, Adam Yauch aka MCA, I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter and loving parents,” DJ Hurricane told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “I think of all of the good times we shared that I will cherish forever.”
DJ Hurricane was afforded the opportunity to travel around the world with The Beastie Boys on their “Licensed To Ill Tour” in 1987, as well as a world tour supporting their album “Ill Communication” in 1994-1995.
He also released his critically acclaimed 1995 album The Hurra on The Beastie Boys’ boys imprint, Grand Royal Records.
“We rocked so many stages together: from Jerusalem to Italy to North America to South America to Japan to Australia and New Zealand; we toured the world several times over and I thank you for taking me on that journey,” DJ Hurricane said.
“I am heartbroken, but will never forget the times we shared, as we grew from being kids to responsible adults. R.I.P. MCA I LOVE YOU……… You will be missed dearly.”
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rapper G. Dep will spend at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of a 1993 New York killing. The case was reopened when he went to police to say he'd shot someone years earlier.
The 37-year-old rapper got the minimum sentence Tuesday for his April murder conviction: 15 years to life.
He went to a police station in December 2010. He said that when he was about 17 to 19 years old, he'd fired at someone while trying to rob him on a street corner.
Authorities paired his account with the 1993 death of John Henkel.
At trial, his lawyer questioned whether police made the right match.
Born Trevell Coleman, G. Dep got attention with "Special Delivery" and "Let's Get It" in the early 2000s.