Adam Yauch

Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced IPA /jaʊk/), also known as MCA and Nathaniel Hörnblowér, (born August 5, 1964), is a founding member of hip hop trio the Beastie Boys.


Early life

Yauch, an only child, was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is of Jewish descent. 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 before dropping 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.


While on the hiatus from the Beastie Boys' debut album, Licensed to Ill, Yauch started a New York-based band called Brooklyn. They released an EP called Brooklyn Sessions around 1987. It features the bass line that would eventually become "Gratitude", a song off of the Beastie Boys' third album, Check Your Head.

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.


He is actively involved with the Free Tibet movement, an organisation created to put pressure on the People's Republic of China to respect human rights in Tibet. Funds for the cause were also generated from the royalties to Buddhist-inspired Beasties tracks like "Bodhisattva Vow". In 1996, Yauch helped organize the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco, California. His wife, Dechen Wangdu, is from New York City; her parents are from Tibet. Their daughter, Tenzin, is nine years old.


In addition to his work with the Beastie Boys, Yauch is also an avid snowboarder and skateboarder. He is featured in the video game Tony Hawk's Proving Ground as an unlockable character.



Under the pseudonym "Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch has directed many of the Beastie Boys' music videos. Yauch made his televised debut as Hornblower 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.


Yauch played bass on the song "OG Crew", featuring Abstract Rude, Aceyalone, Volume 10, DK Toon, Dinji Brown, Myka Nyne, PEACE, and Ganjah k.

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