A few years ago, MTV had a discussion of the greatest acts in Hip Hop history and The Beastie Boys were knocked out of the top ten because they were "hot on streets" anymore.
Its been decades since, The Rolling Stones were "hot on the streets" but they are still regarded as one of the best bands of all time.
Hip Hop is a very fleeting industry where youth is king.
Where if were a top performer in the 80s and sometimes the 90s, you are regarded as irrevelant. The Besatie Boys are far from irrelevant, they are musical icons.
Prior to Outkast and kanye West, the Beasties were the ones pushing the musically envelope to expand not only Hip Hop's growth, but their own.
The announcement of Adam Yauch having Cancer is mind boggling. I grew up listening to the Beasties, Public Enemy, Jazzy & The Fresh Prince, etc.
To hear that one of these artists facing a life threatening disease, makes one wonder about your own mortality or better yet what we need to do make our lives more productive.
Adam Yauch should beat his Cancer many other who also people out there you has Cancer, Lupus, AIDS, Sickle Cell etc.
Take the time to donate money to find cures for diseases like Cancer or AIDS, volunteer at a hospital to help patients in need or better yet, write to your congressperson to find out what needs to be done to get universal health care.
That is something that Adam Yauch and Beastie Boys would do and we should follow their lead
Good luck Adam.