Daniel Squadron Pours One Out For Adam Yauch [Video]

Brooklyn lawmaker Daniel Squadron took to the floor of the State Senator yesterday to eulogize Adam Yauch, the rapper known as MCA who performed with the Beastie Boys until his death earlier this month at the age of  47.

“We are very grateful from Brooklyn Heights to the Lower East Side and whatever happens we know that Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys can’t, won’t and don’t stop,” Mr. Squadron said.

The two-term senator also introduced a resolution honoring Yauch, which passed unanimously, and may be the first usage of “hard-core punk outfit” on the Senate floor.

The full resolution and video of Mr. Squadron is below:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of famed rapper and activist

Adam “MCA” Yauch

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and pay trib

ute to those individuals whose commitment and creative talents have

contributed to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of their commu

nity and the entire State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, the rapper, musician, activ

ist, film director and founder of the pioneering New York hip-hop group

the Beastie Boys, died on Friday, May 4, 2012, in Manhattan at age 47;


WHEREAS, Adam Nathaniel Yauch was born on August 5, 1964, and raised

in Brooklyn Heights; he was the son of Frances Yauch, a social worker,

and Noel Yauch, an architect and painter, and attended Edward R. Murrow

High School in Midwood; and

WHEREAS, Adam Yauch taught himself the bass guitar while growing up

and joined the Beastie Boys, originally a hardcore punk outfit, playing

his first show with the group when he was just 17 years old in 1981; and

WHEREAS, The Beastie Boys became well-known in the innovative music

scene in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side with a sound and a

style all their own; and

WHEREAS, The album “Licensed to Ill” was the first hip-hop album to

top the Billboard chart; and

WHEREAS, The music and message of the Beastie Boys evolved over the

years, but they can’t, they don’t, they won’t stop changing the face of

hip-hop, of music, and of our culture; and

WHEREAS, The Beastie Boys exemplified New York through a period in

which grassroots creativity and a community of iconoclastic artists

helped redefine and rejuvenate a city on the ropes, with iconic imagery

from Brooklyn to Ludlow Street; and

WHEREAS, Having consistently produced multi-million selling albums and

receiving Grammy awards, in April 2012 the Beastie Boys were inducted

into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Adam Yauch was unable to attend

due to deteriorating health; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his contributions to music, Adam Yauch was an

activist and founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization

dedicated to promoting awareness about abuses in Tibet and against Tibe

tans, and later in life became a successful filmmaker, founding Oscillo

scope Laboratories, an independent film distribution company; and

WHEREAS, A man of colossal talent and charisma, Adam Yauch is survived

by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel; he will be missed

by his family, his fans and all who knew him; his dedication to his

music, his activism, and his heritage leaves an indelible legacy of

inspiration for all other artists; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to

mourn the death of famed rapper and activist Adam “MCA” Yauch; and be it


RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran

smitted to the family of Adam Yauch.
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Daniel Squadron Pours One Out For Adam Yauch [Video]