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Background information
Birth name Adam Nathaniel Yauch
Also known as MCA
Nathaniel Hörnblowér
Born August 5, 1964 (1964-08-05) (age 45)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, punk rock, rap rock
Occupations Rapper, Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Rapping, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
Years active 1979—present
Labels Def Jam
Grand Royal
Associated acts Beastie Boys

Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced /ˈjaʊk/), (born August 5, 1964), is a founding member of hip hop trio the Beastie Boys. He's frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and other pseudonyms such as Nathanial Hörnblowér and Bloach.




Early life

Yauch, an only child, was born in New York City, New York. He learned to play the bass, and played his first show with the Beastie Boys — then still playing hardcore punk in the vein of Reagan Youth — on his 17th birthday, while still attending Edward R. Murrow High School in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. He attended Bard College, but later dropped out. By the time Yauch was 22, producer Rick Rubin had taken the Beastie Boys under his wing and they had released their first album on Def Jam Records as a hip hop trio.

Bad Brains

In 2007, Yauch went to work on Build a Nation, the comeback album from hardcore punk band Bad Brains. Yauch has stated that Bad Brains had great influence on his musical career.

Personal life


Although he has Jewish roots, Yauch is a Buddhist.[1]


On July 20, 2009, Yauch announced that he is being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node and was planning to undergo surgery and radiation therapy. He said that the cancer was treatable and was not expected to affect his voice, although the group's upcoming album release and tour would be delayed.[2][3] Yauch sent a message to fans on August 5, 2009, his 45th birthday, updating fans following the surgery.[4] Yauch has since become a vegan under his Tibetan doctor's recommendation.[5]



Under the pseudonym "Nathanial Hörnblowér"[6], Yauch has directed many of the Beastie Boys' music videos. Yauch made his televised debut as Hörnblowér at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards as he stormed the stage in costume to protest after R.E.M. won the award for Best Direction over the Spike Jonze directed Beastie Boys video "Sabotage". He also directed the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!, though in the DVD extras for the film, the title character in "A Day in the Life of Nathanial Hörnblowér" is played by David Cross. He also directed the 2008 film Gunnin' For That #1 Spot about eight high school basketball prospects at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic at Rucker Park in Harlem, New York City.

Oscilloscope Laboratories

Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, a NYC-based recording studio, film production and distribution company, and post-production facility. Oscilloscope Pictures’ recently released Gunnin for That #1 Spot, and their theatrical lineup includes Irena Salina’s Flow (September 12, 2008), Caroline Suh’s Frontrunners (October 15, 2008), and Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy. Oscilloscope is also distributing Scott Hamilton Kennedy's Academy Award nominated documentary, The Garden.


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