It is being reported in America this morning that Beastie Boy rapper Adam Yauch left a legacy to his love of skateboarding 2 months before he died in March this year and sketched the lyrics to the Beastie’s tune “Bodhisattva Vow” across 3 decks.
The one-off series comissioned by Bucky Lasek is said to be auctioned on November 29th alongside many other musicians that include Ben Harper, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty whose lyrics etched into decks will go on sale to raise money to build skateparks in low income areas across the pond for the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Following the awful news of Adam Yauch aka MCA from the Beastie Boys passing this month, MSK / Heavy Artillery Crew‘s Aroe from Brighton has recreated the 1986 “Licensed to Ill” album cover as a fitting Rest In Peace tribute. The piece is 12ft high, 64ft long and ‘kin amazing. Take it in.
Speaking to people who knew him well this week within the music industry, Yauch was known as the Beastie Boy who would always ask if you were OK, would always enquire if you needed anything and would always include you in his plans. We almost convinced the band to play a secret show at Bay 66 Skatepark around the launch of the “To The 5 Boroughs” album but they chose to play the ICA instead. With all the wishes in the world behind our proposals it didn’t happen but it was a pleasure to have just appreciated what this band have delivered us over the years and that’s enough for me.
MCA will be sorely missed by us all here at Crossfire. Our love goes out to all family and friends. RIP.
Listen to this tribute mixtape by Eclectic Method.