Athletes in Beastie Boys Songs

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Adam Yauch (left) of the Beastie Boys, also known as MCA, died the morning of May 4, 2012 in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He had been diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009. He was 47.

Yauch was an integral, founding member to the ever-weaving trio: three Jewish kids from New York who found widespread respect in a hip-hop world with few credible white performers. In a 25-year span that covered four no. 1 albums and more than 40 million records sold, the Beastie Boys played both prankster and pioneer, a groundbreaking act that helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream. For many, the Beastie Boys' lyrics -- overflowing torrents of wit, humor and rhyme -- were always the main draw. While other forms of hip-hop celebrated individualism, the Beastie Boys were a verbal tag team. The group referenced the Knicks in their lyrics a fair amount over the years, along with some of their players and other athletes across sports.
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