R.I.P. Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch: Top 10 Beastie Boys Videos
Friday, May 4, is a sad day in the music world as we mourn the death of Beastie Boys' founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch. Our best hope at finding a reason to be cheerful during this time comes when revisiting the hip-hop rock band's impressive and highly entertaining music video catalog. See some of our favorites below:
"Hold It Now, Hit It" (1986) -- BONUS
The Beastie Boys' "Hold It Now, Hit It" is hardly the trio's most clever video, but you can't have a best-of list that does not include the song that launched them into the national spotlight. This vid mainly features the then-budding rappers goofing around backstage. But Def Jam fans will appreciate the cameo from a vintage — and possibly pre-health guru -- Russell Simmons with a potbelly and scruffy beard.
"Three MCs and One DJ" (1999)
Even though this video from the Beastie Boys's fifth album, "Hello Nasty," has arguably the longest intro ever (nearly 2 minutes), it was worth the wait. Once Mix Master Mike finally got behind the turntables and started scratching, he kicked off this funky fresh basement jam.
"Root Down" (1995)
Despite their usual over-the-top antics, the Beasties kept it simple in this 1995 tribute to authentic hip-hop, capturing the genre's core elements — break dancing, graffiti, DJing and MCing.