While hip-hop continues to mourn the passing of the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died last Friday (May 4) after a three-year bout with cancer, fans of the legendary group at least have something to smile about.
That’s because, a mural saluting the life of Yauch has gone up in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, the very place MCA was originally from. Entree Lifestyle, a Brooklyn-based clothing company that embodies the skateboarding and graffiti culture in NYC, did the artwork on the rooftop wall of a building on Avenue P and E. 2nd Street. The mural is visible from the street level and by commuters on bypassing F trains.
The letters M-C-A in orange and white colors covers a black background with “Gratitude” written across the rooftop wall. Of course, “Gratitude” was one of the many tracks that the Beastie Boys crafted.
“I came up with the concept to do this piece because I’m a huge Beastie Boys fan and they inspired me so much throughout the years. I’m also a Jewish kid from Brooklyn,” said Neil Kuperhand, 27, of Entree Lifestyle. “MCA—he was Nathaniel Hornblower, he was producing videos, directing videos. He was such an inspiration.”
Kuperhand said he was one of five people to work on the huge mural that was started and finished on Monday (May 7), just three days after MCA’s passing.
MCA’s sudden death summoned a plethora of rappers giving their heartfelt condolences to their fallen friend. Russell Simmons, his brother Reverend Run of Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Nas and Jay-Z were just some of the many rappers to offer statements when learning about Yauch’s death last week.—Mark Lelinwalla