Break dancers dressed as Buddhist monks honor the late Adam Yauch

Mike Krumboltz
The Sideshow

How do you know you did your part to make the world a better place?

Short answer: If break dancers are willing to dress up like Buddhist monks and perform crazy dance moves in the middle of Union Square in Manhattan in your honor, then the odds are you were one helluva guy.

Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys was 47 when he died in 2012 after a long battle with cancer. His influence is still very much a part of New York culture. In addition to being one of the founding members of one of the first rap groups that found mainstream success, Yauch was a passionate supporter of Tibetan independence and a practicing Buddhist.

The demonstration took place on May 3 (MCA Day) and was captured on video. Four men dressed as Buddhist monks solemnly walk to the center of Union Square. It appears like they might be about to meditate. But then the sounds of "Ch-Ch-Ch-Check It Out" come booming from nearby speakers and the dancers go to town while the crowd cheers them on.

All in all, another worthy tribute to the man Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, called "an immense talent and creative visionary." 

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