MCA was always my favorite Beastie Boy. And their music literally changed my life. It was the music of my formative teenage years. There wasn't a year from ages 13 to 20 where I didn't own a Beastie Boys shirt and have one of their albums in my car or stacked in my bathroom. I was at that age when I started listening to them (and Fishbone, the other seminal band of my teen years) were I was finding myself and the Beastie Boys literally shaped the person that I am. They were one of my first steps into a place where I started really thinking for myself. They were part of the change in me that brought me outside of everything I was taught and got me looking at things for myself. I feel all broken inside about Adam's death.
His intro lines from "Paul Reverie" have been stuck in my head all day.
Adam "MCA" Yauch
August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012