Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains: R.I.P. MCA

Noah Uman, host of the critically-acclaimed “Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains,” pays tribute to Adam “MCA” Yauch by dedicating an entire show of uninterrupted Beastie Boys music and interviews.

No mic breaks for today’s show, just straight Beastie Boy’n it! The news of Adam Yauch’s passing was so heart breaking to me. Like so many people of my generation, we grew up with the Beastie Boys and evolved as they evolved. I remember hearing them on ‘Rap Attack,’ and I vividly remember my brother Michael playing me ‘Cookie Puss.’ A few years later in 1986 or ’87 he took me to see them perform. At that show I got to meet the group as well as Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, Ricky Powell and Dave Skilken (RIP). Years later I’m still a fan of their music as well as their message and specifically the words that MCA spoke. It was so great to see someone say ‘Hey, hurting people is not right, come along with me,’ and people did! They listened and learned. We evolved as they evolved. Instead of being sad and I know it’s hard not to be, but let’s celebrate Adam’s music and life! The selections picked are less the hits but some cuts that don’t often get heard, some b-sides, some rare tracks and some real goodies. The audio is all over the place due to some of the source material but so what… Special thanks to Adam Yauch & The Beastie Boys!


On May 5th, 2012, musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys passed away after his 3 year battle with cancer. At the young age of 47, Yauch was also founder of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories. MCA and the rest of the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame only a month before his passing, April 14h, 2012.

Track List

1. Interview (1987)
2. Transit Cop (Demo from “Noise the Show”) (1981)
3. Cooky Puss (1983)
4. Hold It Now, Hit It (World Premiere on Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack on WBLS) (1986) (Thank you Will C.)
5. So What’cha Want (IDF Promo / Israeli Defence Force radio station) (1995)
6. Jimmy James (1992)
7. ?uestlove (The Roots) on The Beastie Boys @ Rock Hall 2012 Inductions
8. Party’s Getting Rough (snippet) (1985)
9. Beastie Groove (1985)
10. Super Disco Breakin’ (1998)
11. Sure Shot (1994)
12. Soba Violence (Aglio e Olio Japanese bonus) (1995)
13. Skills To Pay The Bills (b-side) (1992)
14. Sucker MC’s feat. Doug E. Fresh from Hip Hop Honors (2004)
15. Something’s Got To Give (1992)
16. Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack on WBLS intro (1986 / 87)
17. Slow And Low (1986)
18. Four Fly Guys feat. The Beastie Boys – Hurricane (1994)
19. The Vibes (b-side) (1994)
20. Resolution Time (b-side) (1994)
21. Interview May 1998 in Lisbon
22. Egg Man (1989)
23. Egg Raid On Mojo (1982)
24. Drum Machine – MCA And Burzootie (1985)
25. Dope Little Song (b-side) (1994)
26. The Rat Cage (2007)
27. Interview May 1998 in Lisbon
28. Bodhisattva Vow (1994)
29. Ask For Janice (1989)
30. Full Clout aka Shake Your Rump (demo) (1988?)
31. So What ‘Cha Want (Soul Assassin Remix feat B-Real) (1992)
32. Interview May 1998 in Lisbon
33. Scenario (demo) – This is their Schoolly D tribute.
34. Interview May 1998 in Lisbon
35. Shambala (1994)
36. Get It Together (A.B.A. Remix) feat. Q-Tip (1994)
37. I’m Down (Unreleased Licensed To Ill sessions) (1986)
38. I Don’t Know feat. Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto (1998)


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