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Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dead: Country Stars React

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch MCA
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The death of the Beastie Boys Adam Yauch — aka MCA — proves how universal good music truly is. The artist didn't directly contribute to country music, but still dozens of artists are saddened by his passing. After battling cancer for over two years, the MCA died on May 4. Yauch's death comes just weeks after the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Uncle Kracker is an obvious artist with country leanings who was torn up about MCA's death on Friday. He began his career as a deejay for Kid Rock and expressed how much he was influenced by the Beastie Boys on Twitter. Many other country artists have shared how the rapper touched them. One might not hear it in the music of artists like James Otto and Chely Wright, but these stars can always appreciate a musician on top of his game.


uncle kracker (@unclekracker): RIP Adam Yauch…you were, are, and always will be a big part of everything I do.



James Otto (@jamesotto): RIP MCA. The Beastie Boys Adam Yauch has died from cancer at 47.



Chely Wright (@chelywright): I love the Beastie Boys. This is sad. “@cnnbrk: Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch has died, Rolling Stone reports.



joshua scott jones (@joshscottjones): Driving to summer school 1996 every day liscense to ill/ Pauls boutique. MCA you will be missed. J



Ty Stone (@TyStone): RIP Adam Yauch. The first time I heard Licensed To Ill I turned around and started making music. Thank you fellas. My prayers to the family.



Sarah Buxton (@sarahbuxton): Prayers for the whole Beastie Boys clan, family & friends. Breaks my heart.


(@JaronATLRTL): Nobody shared more detentions with me than Adam Yauch. RIP man. Thanks for showing so many of us how #BestieBoyDown


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