When Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away last May after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer, hip-hop not only lost a talented artist but an elder statesman for the culture. To honor the late co-founder/member of the Beastie Boys, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will be hosting a tribute and a moment of silence the event’s last day this summer. In a statement to the press, Wes Jackson, the festival’s Executive Director said,
“We reached out to [King] Ad Rock [Adam Horowitz] right after MCA passed last year and asked if there was anything we could do to help celebrate the life of his brother. It was so soon that we were hesitant to even reach out. We wanted to give them space and time. We did speak to Cey Adams [longtime Beasties collaborator and friend] and tried to put something together but the timing wasn’t right. We couldn’t go another year without taking time out to honor what MCA did for our culture and our music.”
The homage will help to cap off the weekend-long venue with performances by Redman, EPMD, Pusha-T, Dizzy Wright, and Soul Understated. The largest hip-hop gathering of its kind in New York City, the 9th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival will take place along the Brooklyn Bridge Park from July 10th to July 13th.