Husky-voiced, witty member of the hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys

This article titled “Adam Yauch obituary” was written by Alex Rayner, for on Saturday 5th May 2012 15.04 UTC

In his late teens, Adam Yauch – “MCA” of the Beastie Boys – did not look the type to be an effective rapper. When they met for the first time, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC suspected that he might be an actor put up by the TV show Candid Camera. How else could he account for a white performer who, along with his bandmates Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, coupled the carefree character of punk with the clownish one-upmanship of hip-hop?

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