[New Music] D-Sisive – Adam (a Tribute to MCA)

May 15, 2012

It’s been a while since I last did a post.

Everyone was hit differently by the death of Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA. For me, The Beastie Boys came out when I was in the 5th grade, and by that time I’d had a pretty good education when it came to hip hop, thanks in large part to my older brother and Ron Nelson (Fantastic Voyage Show, CKLN 88.1FM). But what the Beastie Boys brought to the table was another level: it was fresh, exciting and unapologetic. I didn’t really understand why I was drawn to them at the time, I just was.  I clearly remember how I felt the moment I first heard the Paul Revere beat: I got goosebumps! How could music touch you like that before even a word was spoken?!

Even though the group evolved over time, they always remained true to what they wanted to be, say and stand for. And for that, they deserve the utmost respect.

DJs and artists have made their tributes to the man, his music and legacy, but one of my instant fav’s is by D-Sisive.  Peep his letter and then check out the track below.

Rest In Peace MCA

The Beastie Boys were my Beatles. My father would preach the gospel of the Fab 5 while me, too young to give a shit, wanted to wear baggy clothing and be MCA. You’d think I wanted to be Mike D due to the ‘4th letter in the alphabet’ connection, but nope. Yauch was cooler to me.

MCA was no bullshit. The only one of the three that I would be afraid of. Yauch was my Lennon. Leave the bubblegum to McCartney. Here’s the real shit.

“I can blow you away or you could ride with me.” -MCA, Paul Revere

My world stopped when a friend of mine sent me a text, telling me MCA passed away. I’ve lost people. It’s always a different reaction based on the closeness of the relationship. I’ve never met Adam Yauch, but it felt like I lost a family member. We never shook hands, or greeted each other, but I’ve spent hundreds of hours, over the course of 20 plus years, with him and the Beastie Boys in my headphones.

No offense to, but I wasn’t one of those tweeting how they were going to spend their entire weekend listening to the Beastie Boys, in memory of MCA. I’ve been listening to them consistently since the late eighties. Not a week goes by that I don’t have one craving to listen to a Beastie Boys song.

I knew I had to create something for him. I didn’t want to record the typical tribute song. MCA wasn’t typical and deserves better. I wanted to take it back to my childhood. The childhood they had impacted so heavily. I wanted to take it back to me, rapping Pass The Mic in a comb in front of a mirror in my bedroom, hat backwards, in my father’s work jacket. These were the moments that drove me to become an artist. And MCA helped me steer.

Thank you, Adam.




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