I hate hearing about another one of our heroes passing away.
I actually hate doing tribute mixes, because you realise that you never got chance to pay attention to the full breadth of work that the artist created whilst alive.

‘Licensed to ill’ was one of the first albums I ever bought, I grew up on this album, so hearing the news about MCA passing, was like hearing that someone I grew up with had passed away.
When they changed their direction after ‘Licensed to Ill’ I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have or as much as I would now. Like an old friend, I’d check them out every now and then to see what they we’re up to. Joints like’Get It Together’ featuring Q-tip, ’3 MCs and 1 DJ’, and ‘Intergalactic’ were constant reminders of their status as one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups of all time, despite their constant evolving sound.

When Jam Master Jay passed, it was the end of Run DMC.
The passing of Adam Yauch is a double tragedy. No one wants to admit it yet, but this is the end of the Beastie Boys, another closing chapter on one of the greatest periods of Hip-Hop. Regardless of what happens next with the remaining members, the Beastie Boys will always be remembered as Pioneers, trendsetters, the personification of pure Hip-Hop. You won’t see another group like them.Obituary: Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch

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