I was very sad today to hear that BEASTIE BOYS member MCA has passed away at the age of 47. This is a very sore loss for hip hop, the BEASTIES had a massive influence on me and many others of my generation, despite their off key comedic approach to hip hop music. My thoughts are with his family and of course MIKE D and AD-ROCK, DJ HURRICANE and MIXMASTER MIKE. I had the very brief pleasure of speaking to MCA aka ADAM YAUCH at ROCK STEADY ANNIVERSARY in '95 and he was down to earth and more than friendly. Rest in eternal peace MCA and thanks for your music.