Friday, May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch Memorial Haikus

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The Beastie Boys are one of music's most unlikely trajectories: a white hardcore band that started performing rap as a joke, whose immature party anthems and snotty voices birthed the best-selling rap album of the decade, and who then turned to complex jazz compositions that forwarded the genre and dedicated their lives to Buddhism and the plight of the Tibetan people.

Adam Yauch, better known as MCA, was an integral part of the group as a songwriter, performer and as director of many of the band's acclaimed videos.

Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and was ill enough that the band had to stop touring. He wasn't even able to attend its recent induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, which will be broadcast on HBO Saturday, May 5, at 9 p.m.

Yauch died today. He was 47. He leaves behind a wife, a daughter and a formidable artistic legacy spanning several decades.

The band's official statement can be read here.

As is BW's tradition with notable deaths, we reached out to our staff and readers for haikus to commemorate the deceased. They are below. Any additional haikus may be offered in the comment box below the story.

Stacee Edwards
MCA is dead
His talent will live forever
Suck my balls cancer

Boise Weekly
Adam had to fight
for his right to stay alive
Brooklyn has been reached

Boise Weekly
We watched you grow
Beastie Boy to Beastie Man
hip-hop pioneer

Malcolm Youngberg
His exit, too quick.
The stage lights still glowing warm.
No more to perform

Boise Weekly
Call him MCA
Yauch rode into the sunset
Atop Paul Revere

Zane Thelonious Norsworthy
A party rapper
Transformed into a bright light
Bodhisattva Vow

Boise Weekly
Planetary rhyme-sayer
Beastie on the mic

Boise Weekly
Cancer? Not a chance
Telling y'all twas sabotage
Right-fighters struck back

Jesse James
White Boy
Funky Fresh Rhymes

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