Donald Trump Inspired Final MCA Day to Honor Late Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch
#DXclusive: "I felt it was more important than ever to celebrate this event that not only is the curator of Yauch's memory, but also amplifies their messages of unity, compassion, peace and action," said founder Mike Kearney.
Brooklyn, NY – For the past six years, MCA Day has honoured the late Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 47 years. The August 5, MCA, will be held on the Day of the last time at the Littlefield venue in Brooklyn.
When MCA died, MCA Day founder and Boston native Mike Kearney felt it was his duty to honor him. Like so many others, the Beastie Boys occupy a special place in his heart since his creation in the decade of the '80.
"The Beastie Boys are always the last window to a larger world from the beginning," Kearney says HipHopDX. "The Fearful always of a soundtrack of my life, but the music that eventually led me to chase horizons outside of Boston, beyond the City of New York, and ultimately, the most important of the horizons inside of me, and a plan to create that I wanted to be in this world."
DJ/producer Prince Paul, who is a special guest at this year's event, had the opportunity to work with the Beastie Boys on the "Roots" remix in 1995, so when MCA passed, it was a great blow to him.
"It was the loss of a visionary," Prince Paul says to DX. "He embraced the soul of the old school, and he made it new, fun and inventive. What really impressed me was the creativity of the way he made the characters and made them so entertaining, but in a way more profound side was very spiritual and was a serious side. This is a difficult task, to be respected by both.
"I had always been a big-time fan of the group since the 'Cookie Cat'," he adds. "MCA was the one that gets me to the 'roots' remix, which was a great honor. I had read an email that had been sent to the label that says how he thought my remix was one of the best. You can't get more fresh than that. The sad thing is that I only met him once in person."
Although 2017 is celebrated on the fifth anniversary of Yauch's untimely death, this is the sixth official MCA Day of the event. The inauguration was to fall just a few weeks after his deat