The music world is still reeling from the loss of Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, and fans in the group’s hometown of New York will be celebrating his life with a giant party in Union Square this weekend. What’s surprising, however, is that the state Senate is also getting involved.
Senator Daniel Squadron (great name), who represents the district of Brooklyn in which MCA resided, introduced and spoke on behalf of Senate Resolution J.4637, “Mourning the death of famed rapper and Activist Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch.”
As it read:
“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… 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… 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.”
The resolution passed on Tuesday. MCA Day will be observed in New York’s Union Square on Saturday, May 19th. The goal of the event, as written on its Facebook page, is to celebrate the life and work of Yauch and the Beasties. The banner of the event includes Yauch’s image superimposed on a Tibetan flag, representative of a cause (freedom for the nation of Tibet) that was dear to his heart.
“This celebration will be a physical form of a true Beastie Boys song,” the organizers write. “Eclectic people sharing different words and ideas, coming together in unison, fusing together on the same beat to celebrate life, have fun and be part of something incredible.”
If you can’t make it out to the party in Union Square, you can always watch Sen. Squadron’s testimony.