– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Rapper musician and activist Adam “MCA” Youch passed away today after his personal three-year battle with cancer. He was 47-years-old.

The rapper was best known as the founding member of the Manhattan/Brooklyn rap group Beastie Boys with fellow members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz.

The group sold over 40 million records, released four #1 albums and with the first hip hop album to top the Bilboard 200 in the band’s 1986 debut.

Last month, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but Yauch was unable to attend the ceremony.

As a Buddhist, Yauch was a founder of Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated for the awareness of injustices against Tibetans by the Chinese occupational forces.

Yauch also had a passion for filmmaking, which led to the founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories. In 2008, he released his directorial film debut with the basketball documentary “Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot.”

Oscilloscope Laboratories also released other films including “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Dear Zachary,” and the upcoming documentary “Samsara.”

He also directed last year’s “Fight For Your Right Revisited,” an extended video for “Make Some Noise.” It had several guest celebrity appearances including Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and many others.

Check out his music video below.

Source: Beastie Boys

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.