“MCA was definitely the most identifiable member of the Beastie Boys to most people. His signature, gruff voice always but a bit of toughness to balance out the high-pitched, sometimes whiney voices of Adrock and Mike D. I’ve been a fan of the Beasties since the early Def Jam, pre-Licensed To Ill days and they have always garnered a high level of respect from any and all in the hip hop community much the same way that their mentor Rick Rubin has. As a bass player, I always followed MCA’s work the closest on the live compositions because he was always doing some interesting things on the bass and I have always loved multi-talented artists that find multiple mediums through which to express themselves completely.
Most of the time “white rappers” are passed over as fads or condemned for trying to emulate cultural scenarios they know little to nothing about. The Beastie Boys wrapped hip hop around themselves and redefined it in their own way in a way that the gangsters, skaters, suburbanites, and inner city kids could all relate to bc all of them had their struggles and the Beasties personified what it was all about to be young and rebellious.” Mike Kemetic of Photosynthesizers and Audio Mass Transit
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