In Honor Of The Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch: His Top 10 Verses

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Adam MCA Yauch - His Top 10 Verses

Earlier today, we passed along the unfortunate news of the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the co-founders of the Beastie Boys. MCA’s mastery rhyme pattern, gravelly voice and bad boy edge is what made him a legendary MC; even though he is gone, there’s no denying that he has left an indelible imprint in hip-hop forever. The Beastie Boys’ catalog of classic tracks are too numerous to list out, and and the same goes for MCA’s best verses. It was hard to choose, but we’ve narrowed down Adam Yauch’s most unforgettable rhymes into this Top 10 List of the Best Verses of MCA’s Career.

1. “Sure Shot” (Ill Communication, 1994)
“I Want To Say a Little Something That’s Long Overdue / The Disrespect To Women Has Got To Be Through / To All The Mothers And Sisters And the Wives And Friends / I Want To Offer My Love And Respect To The End.”

2. “Intergalatic” (Hello Nasty, 1998)
“If you try to knock me you’ll get mocked/I’ll stir fry you in my wok/Your knees’ll start shaking and your fingers pop / Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock.”

3. “Pass the Mic” (Ill Communication, 1994)
“If you can feel what I’m feeling then it’s a Musical masterpiece/ But if you can ear what I’m dealing with then that’s cool at least/ What’s running through my mind comes through in my walk true/ Feelings are shown from the way that I talk/ And this is me, y’all/I M.C., y’all/ My name Is M.C.A. and I still do what I please and/ Now I’d Like to introduce I’ll pass the mic to D. for a fist full of truth.”


4. “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” (Licensed To Ill, 1986)
“Born and bred Brooklyn U.S.A. / They all me Adam Yauch but I’m M.C.A. / Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon / I sip the def ale with all the fly women.”

5. “Sabotoge” (Ill Communication, 1994)
“So listen up ’cause you can’t say nothin’/You’ll shut me down with a push of your button?/But yo I’m out and I’m gone / I’ll tell you now I keep it on and on/’Cause what you see you might not get/And we can bet so don’t you get souped yet / You’re scheming on a thing that’s a mirage/I’m trying to tell you now it’s sabotage.”

6. “Shake Your Rump” (Paul’s Boutique, 1989)
“A puppet on a string I’m paid to sing or rhyme / Or do my thing / I’m in a lava lamp inside my brain hotel / I might be peakin’ or freakin’ but I rock well.”

7. “3-Minute Rule” (Paul’s Boutique, 1989)
“I smoke cheeba it helps me with my brain / I might be a little dusted but I’m not insane / People come up to me and they try to talk shit man / I’ve been making records since you were sucking on your mother’s d*ck.”

8. “Ch-Check It Out” (To The 5 Boroughs, 2004)
“All you trekkies and tv addicts/ Don’t mean to diss, don’t mean to bring static/ All you klingons in the f**kin’ house/ Grab your backstreet friend and get loud/ Blowin’ doors off hinges/ I’ll grab you with the pinchers/ And no I didn’t retire/ I’ll snatch you up/with the needle nose pliers

9. “Make Some Noise” (Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, 2011)
“I’m like an ornithologist when I get pissed / You must have drank a fizzy lifting drink and you got lifted / And sifted I’m just whiffed and when I catch MCs it’s time for wing clipping.”

10. “Get It Together” (Ill Communication, 1994)
“Well, I’m Long Gone Word Is Born / Don’t Need A Mother F*cking Fool Telling Me Right From Wrong / I Don’t Think I’m Slick Nor Do I Play Like I’m Hard / But I’m a Drive The Lane Like I Was Evan Bernhard.”

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