News: Beastie Boys Member Diagnosed W/ Cancer, "I Apologize To Everybody" [Video]

Monday, Jul 20, 2009 7:54PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Def Jam pioneer Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys publicly announced having cancer today (July 20) which, he claimed, will be treatable.

EMI Music issued an initial statement which broke the news Monday morning.

Yauch was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable. It will however require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords. Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back. (Statement)

Yauch's video featured himself aside Beastie Boy member Adam Horovitz.

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys announced Monday, by way of a homemade video placed without fanfare on the band's Web site, that he would be receiving treatment for cancer and that as a result the group would cancel some future shows and push back the release of a new album. He did not give specifics of the veteran hip-hop group's plans in the 3 minute 23 second video. Its next scheduled appearance is at the All Points West Festival in Jersey City on July 31. (New York Times)

The rap pioneer said the cancer was serious, however, could be treated.

"I'm actually going to have to have surgery probably next week, coming up, and then after that have to have some radiation done," Yauch says in the video. "But the good news is that they did scans of my whole body and it's only localized in this one area, and it's not in a place that affects my voice...It's a little bit of a setback, it's a pain in the a**, but this is something that's very treatable...I apologize to everybody, for anyone who's made plans or was psyched to come to these shows that are coming up." (Billboard)

Beastie Boys have over two decades of history within the music industry.

As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, who accused them of cultural pirating, especially since they began as a hardcore punk group in 1981. But the Beasties weren't pirating -- they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the do-it-yourself aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren't that far apart. (All Music)

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