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Beastie Boys Aren't Supposed to Die; R.I.P. Adam Yauch

Beastie Boys aren't supposed to die, and they certainly aren't supposed to succumb to cancer when they're only 47. But that's what happened today: MCA has passed away.

The Beastie Boys seemed eternally youthful -- from their punky beginnings to their prank-rap stardom, to their string of genuine and soulful records throughout the '90s and 2000s, albums that found them exploring spirituality and social consciousness. Hello Nasty was funky and deep, To the 5 Boroughs was a post-9/11 ode to New York City, and last year's Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was a stretch back to the band's playful roots while maintaining the spiritual openness that has come to define them almost as much as the goofy, rebellious shtick of the great Licensed to Ill.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.