Fans and friends around the world have been mourning recently deceased rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch this month, but few have been more impacted than his bandmates. This morning Rolling Stone unveiled its interviews with Yauch’s fellow Beastie Boys Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz regarding their friend’s passing. Both rappers emphasized Yauch’s talent, drive, stoicism and leadership in matters of band and life.
“Yauch was in charge,” said Horovitz. “He was smarter, more organized. In a group of friends, you all come up with stupid shit to do. But you never do it. With Yauch, it got done. He had that extra drive to see things through.” Diamond pointed to Yauch’s unique talents in the studio, “It was his flow on things, rather than specific lyrics, that first blew Adam [Horovitz] and I away. Early on, we were in the studio, amazed by how Yauch made it seem so effortless.”
Horovitz explained that Yauch maintained his cool even when confronted with his mortality, “I don’t believe Adam was afraid. Bummed out, yeah. But I can’t think when I ever saw him afraid…. That gives me peace.”Yauch’s stoicism made his death something of a surprise to his bandmates, emphasized Diamond, who “believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back.”
When asked about the potential for future Beastie Boys projects, Diamond stated, “I can see making music. I don’t know about a band format. But Yauch would genuinely want us to try whatever crazy thing we wanted but never got around to.”