Well yes they started off as a punk band and of course when I (anyway) use Rock I use it as a very inclusive term for anything rock related.
Couldn't agree more with ya on that,I hate 'labels' in music,fookin genres n sub genres,but,alas the market likes to pigeon hole artists so with that in mind we generally tend to talk about artists by virtue of their recognized pigeon hole,The Beasties been labelled 'Rap-Rock' and 'Hip Hop' .
A sad loss, the guy was a fantastic musician and the Beastie Boys were an amazing act.
Very few rappers would get a serious thread in after hours, that shows their wide range of support whereas most other acts would get a "lol rap" reaction.
I'm hugely sadened about this. The Beasties are an exceptional group who were always evolving. Even greater credit has to be given to MCA for battling cancer and still holding his passion for music and freedom throughout his illness.
REST IN PARADISE
Posted in the thread in the Rock & Metal forum, but decided to do so here too...
Ah no! This is very sad indeed, I'm a massive fan of the Beastie Boys, possibly my favourite rap group, they put so many different styles into their music, Licence To Ill was their first massively successful release with had variations of Rock/Metal music with badass Hip Hop vocals too, as well as plenty of stupidly cool beat driven tracks. Check Your Head and Ill Communication will be up there with two of the greatest albums from the 90's. I'm now happy that I got to play two of my favourite Beastie tracks on my radio show while I could ("Sure Shot" and "So What'cha Want").
Adam brought this coolness to Beastie Boys tracks that wouldn't be there if it wasn't for his cool rhymes and the slight roughness to his vocals, his lyric in "Intergalactic" that goes "If you try to knock me, you'll get mocked; I'll stir fry you in my wok" is probably my favourite in music! It's so cool and badass, but at the same time it has got this nerdy humour. And it makes it all so terrible that he was only 47, I remember hear about his cancer ages ago, and I remember thinking not too recently that he's been with it a long time, maybe that he was well onto recovery. So sad.
Thanks for the music, Adam Yauch (MCA). Thoughts with his friends and family.
Very sad indeed. Had the pleasure of meeting the guy. A true gent.
Feels like I lost a good friend.
I came across this write up from Dj A-Trak on MCA. Very nice tribute.