Member of Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch Dies of Cancer at 47

Today we morn a great lose in the music industry as member of the Beastie Boys, Adam “MCA” Yauch loses his battle with cancer at the age of 47. Four years ago on July 20, 2009, Yauch announced he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland, located in the mouth. Due to his illness it postponed there upcoming tour and eighth studio album entitled Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 and later released and changed to Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Despite Yauch’s condition, he never let anything hold him back from his personal life and career. He put up a strong fight until the end.

Adam “MCA” Yauch, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz formed the Beastie Boys in 1979, starting off as a punk band and later transitioned to hip-hop in 1984. After obtaining local success with the 1983 release of their experimental hip hop 12″ Cooky Puss, followed by their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986 which received international critical acclaim and commercial success. And later to release such albums as Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. By 2010, they had sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide.

Yauch will always be remembered for the great lyricist he was bringing us such hits as, “Sabotage“, “Intergalactic” and “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”. He also co-founded the Milarepa Fund, which raised money for the Tibetan independence movement. The group also won many Grammys over the years and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

May you rest in peace Adam “MCA” Yauch, we will always remember you and we’ll never forget to always “fight for our right to party!”

[Source] TMZ, Wikipedia
 

-Alexander Gothelf

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No need for any Redemption here, The Raid: Redemption is a heart-pounding action packed film and hits the spot for any action hunger appetite of any fan.

The Lowdown: In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area – even the police are unwilling to enter. It has become a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrates the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner.

The Review: If watching an action film is an addiction then The Raid would be the perfect drug for the addict. Director Gareth Evans serves us with a brutal and gory blend of gunfights and martial arts action with a side of HIGH BODY COUNT so high that the majority of the cast are credited in a numerical fashion (example: Tama’s Victim #5). People get beaten, punched, kicked, stabbed, shot, and abused so bad it makes you wanna punch the person next to you due to the fact that your adrenaline is on overdrive. The apartments and the close tight halls help create some crazy acrobatics and choreographed action i’ve seen since ONG BAK that will have you giving major KUDOS to all of the stunt people involved. The story is decent, but admit it that is not what most people are looking for when watching an action flick. The english dubbed is “okay” but bearable to watch for a foreign film. But, This explosive, tense action flick will have anyone doing flips on the walls in the theaters and is a must watch for any fan of the action genre.

Overall: The action is neither repetitive nor anesthetizing and has a little bit of down time for some dialogue to build the story but is easy to forgive with all the action, gore, and entertainment to satisfy anyone looking for a good action flick.


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Credits: Directed by Gareth Evans and Starring Iko Uwais