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Adam Nathaniel Yauch

An American musician.

A founding member of hip hop trio the Beastie Boys. He's frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and other pseudonyms such as Nathanial Hörnblowér and Bloach.

He learned to play the bass, and played his first show with the Beastie Boys — then still playing hardcore punk in the vein of Reagan Youth — on his 17th birthday.

By the time Yauch was 22, producer Rick Rubin had taken the Beastie Boys under his wing and they had released their first album on Def Jam Records as a hip hop trio.

In 2007, Yauch went to work on Build a Nation, the comeback album from hardcore punk band Bad Brains. Yauch has stated that Bad Brains had great influence on his musical career.

Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, a NYC-based recording studio, film production and distribution company, and post-production facility.

In 2009, Yauch was diagnosed and treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node and underwent surgery and radiation therapy delaying the release of Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and the subsequent tour.

Yauch became a vegan under the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors. At the time, Yauch described the cancer as "very treatable".

Yauch died at age 47 on May 4, 2012.

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