Adam Yauch, born in New York City’s Brooklyn on August 5, 1964 was an American musician, rapper, songwriter, director and human rights activist who even after passing on is still worth an estimated $75 million.
Adam Yauch’s wealth came largely from the music industry where he was part of the founding members of the highly successful Beastie Boys hip hop band. Best known by his stage name MCA, he also worked under pseudonyms like Nathaniel Hornblower, Bloach and Abednego. MCA spent only two years at Bard College before dropping out. When they released their first album titled Licensed to Ill with Beastie Boys under Def Jam Records, he was just aged 22. Later on in 1994, the group had matured much and it was topping charts with its album Ill Communication that featured hit songs like Sabotage and Sure Shot.
Yauch did not just stop at singing; he went on to serve as a director for a number of music videos for his band. By 2010, the band had sold over 40 million copies of their albums around the world. Yauch was also responsible for the founding of the New York City-based independent Film/Video Production and Distribution Company called Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Yauch’s Beastie Boys became the third rap group in history to be inducted into the popular Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in April 2012. However, Yauch did not attend the ceremony due to illness that had been haunting him since July 2009, when doctors found his salivary gland with a cancerous tumor. Despite undergoing several radiation treatments and surgeries, Adam Yauch passed away on the 4th day of May, 2012 in New York City, aged 47. He was married in 1998 to Dechen Wangdu and the two have a daughter called Tenzin Losel.
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