As we mark the anniversary of the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, we look back on his legacy as a lyricist with five stand-out raps.
"Four and three and two and one / and when I'm on the mic the suckers run / Down with Ad-Rock and Mike D. and you ain't / and I got more juice than Picasso got paint."
"Equinox symmetry and the balance is right... / The music washes over and you're one with the sound..."
"Well, I'm as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce / You've got the rhyme and reason, but got no cause / But if you're hot to trot, you think you're slicker than grease / I've got news for you crews, you'll be sucking like a leech."
"I want to say a little something that's long overdue / The disrespect to women has got to be through / To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends / I want to offer my love and respect to the end."
"Well, I gotta keep it going keep it going full steam / Too sweet to be sour to nice to be mean / Well, on the tough-guy style I'm not too keen / Trying to change the world, I'm going to plot and scheme."