Adam Yauch aka MCA Net Worth
Adam Yauch aka MCA Net Worth: Adam Yauch aka MCA was an American rapper, musician, film director and human rights activist who had a net worth of $75 million. Adam Yauch aka MCA was born August 5, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He was best known as a founding member of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and sometimes worked under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér. Yauch later founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film production and distribution company based in New York City. As a teenager, he started out playing hardcore punk with Mike D (Michael Diamond), Kate Schellenbach, and John Berry. The band soon shed members Schellenbach and Berry and brought in Adam Horovitz, also known as Ad-Rock. This trio showcased their legendary sense of humor on one of their early tracks, Cooky Puss, named after a popular Carvel ice cream novelty cake. This rap single featured crack calls to an ice cream shop. Before long, Yauch and his band mates met Rick Rubin who served as their DJ for a time. Rubin and Russell Simmons, the cofounders of the Def Jam record label, started working with the trio. In 1984, Def Jam released the Beastie Boys' single Rock Hard. The following year Yauch and his band mates went on tour with pop star Madonna, a pairing which proved to be a terrible mismatch with Madonna fans, who booed the loud and rowdy rappers. The group fared much better the following year with the release of their first album. The Beastie Boys continued to rework and re-imagine their sound and returned to the top of the charts with 1994's Ill Communication, which contained such songs as Sure Shot and Sabotage. One of the more unusual samples found on the album was the sound of Tibetan monks, which reflected Yauch's interest in Buddhism. Yauch was also involved in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert. In July 2009, Yauch announced that doctors had discovered a cancerous tumor on his salivary gland. The Beastie Boys canceled their summer tour so that Yauch could focus on getting better. To treat the condition, Yauch had surgery and radiation treatment. The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. Yauch was unable to attend the ceremony. A few weeks later, on May 4, 2012, Adam Yauch died in New York City at the age of 47.