The late Adam "MCA" Yauch was a man of many talents. Aside from being a husband, father, humanitarian, snowboarder, and pick-up basketball player, he was a founding member—with Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz—of the groundbreaking hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys, who were responsible for some of the most pivotal, influential, and flat-out best hip-hop albums of all time. He also played a mean bass guitar and was equally deft on the keys, making him a triple-threat as a musician given his MC skills.
Actually, make that quadruple-threat. On top of everything else, Yauch was an accomplished film maker who founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, through which he directed a couple of awesome documentaries as well as some of the Beasties' best music videos—who better to capture the group's elusive essence? Never one to blow his own horn, he directed most of these videos under the alias Nathanial Hörnblowér, although last year, he shot one mini-movie under his born name.
Today is a sad day for hip-hop, but let’s try to raise our spirits as we take a look at Yauch’s work behind the lens.
Written by Andrew Martin (@Andrew_J_Martin)