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

This article titled “Adam Yauch obituary” was written by Alex Rayner, for guardian.co.uk 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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