Adam Yauch, founding member of rap trio Beastie Boys, succumbed to a years-long battle with cancer Friday (May. 4). News of his passing sent an immediate shockwave through the music industry, as artists and fans took to social media to express their grief and to pay tribute to the hip-hop trailblazer. Five Beastie Boys albums quickly rose to top 10 trending topics on Twitter, alongside hashtag #RIPMCA and songs “Paul Revere” “Brass Monkey” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.” Head below to see the kind words Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Sky Ferreira, Wallpaper. and more had to say about the late MCA.
Justin Timberlake: Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPMCA
Snoop Dogg: RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life
Chromeo: The Beastie Boys basically invented the concept of the cool white person. #RIPMCA
Jimmy Fallon: So sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch. He was a great performer, director, father, humanitarian and New Yorker. #RIPMCA
Michelle Branch: #ThatAwkwardMoment at the gym when they start blasting The Beastie Boys and you want to cry :( #RIPMCA
Common: God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP
Sky Ferreira: RIP MCA
Wallpaper.: My first live music experience was The Free Tibet Concert in Golden Gate Park to watch The Beastie Boys. I moshed. RIP Adam “MCA” Yauch
Ice T : TERRIBLE NEWS: MCA of the Beastie Boys has died at 47. http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/04/beastie-boys-adam-yauch-dead/ Another very sad day in Hip Hop. #MCARIP
One Republic: R.I.P Adam MCA. Beastie Boys remain untouchable
Steve Aoki: ahhh man… rest in peace to the one and only MCA. wow. terrible news
MC Hammer: R.I.P. Adam Yauch Beastie Boys #RIPMCA
Benji Madden: Thoughts and prayers out to the Beastie Boys and their friends and families #RIPMCA
Donald Glover: Adam Yauch was an amazing artist and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. His music was some of my favorite. Truly saddened. RIP MCA.
Moby: i remember hearing this on wnyu in 1982. listening to it now and thinking of yauch. such a wonderful man. he is missed. http://bit.ly/dec2XM
Rev Run: R I P Adam… I’m devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch’s family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!
Randy Jackson: RIP to one of the greatest Adam Yauch
Gotye: Sad to hear of Adam Yauch’s untimely passing. Personal recollections from @mariekehardy were sweetly written http://bit.ly/J2G8Dd
Annie Lennox: So sad to hear the news that Adam Yauch has passed away… I had no idea that he’d been suffering from cancer for the last three years.
It’s cruelly heartbreaking to know that such a vital spark had to undergo that kind of pain and suffering.
Major Lazer: PEACE & LOVE ETERNALLY 2 #MCA
Penguin Prison: RIP MCA — wow so very sad — i saw the beastie boys in concert many times when i was growing up – http://fb.me/1QZBpfFGW