Beastie Boys Recorded New Music With MCA Last Year
Mike D reveals the late rapper instigated the studio session in 2011...
Beastie Boys star Michael 'Mike D' Diamond has revealed that the rap trio recorded new material with late member Adam Yauch a.k.a MCA last year.
Yauch, who sadly lost his battle with cancer aged 47 earlier this month, apparently features on a collection of fresh tracks which they made as recently as autumn 2011.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Diamond explains that MCA suggested they hit the studio together one last time, and even managed to record vocals while suffering from the disease.
Speaking of their time in the studio together, Mike D said: "Adam instigated it. It could only come from him, in terms of where he was at with his cancer treatment.
"He wasn’t sure he was able to do vocals but after a bit we ended up doing them. It was a way for him to say, 'Yeah, I'm doing it'."
Mike added: "He had us fooled in the most beautiful way. I believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back. But I wouldn't trade that optimism for anything, because the other option is no fun."
Diamond went on to add that he can see himself and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz recording together again, but claimed it would most likely not be as the Beastie Boys.
He stated: "I can see making music. I don't know about a band format. But Yauch would genuinely want us to try whatever crazy thing we wanted but never got around to."
In the same interview Ad-Rock also paid tribute to MCA, claiming that he still hasn't come to terms with Yauch's death.
Horovitz said: "My wife is like, 'I want to make sure you're getting it out'. But then I'm walking the dog and I'll start crying on the street - it's pretty f**king crazy."
Speaking of MCA's role in Beastie Boys, Horovitz adding: "Yauch was in charge. He was smarter, more organised. In a group of friends, you all come up with stupid s**t to do. But you never do it.
"With Yauch, it got done. He had that extra drive to see things through. We each had our roles. One of his was the make-it-happen person."