Adam Yauch Honored by New York Senate

ADAM YAUCH August 5, 1964 - May 4, 2012 (Age 47) Gruff-voiced rapper, musician and video auteur known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio The Beastie Boys.

He's been mourned by the hip-hop world -- now even New York's state senate is paying tribute to Adam Yauch.

The state senate passed a resolution on Tuesday "mourning the death of famed rapper and activist Adam 'MCA' Yauch," writing that the Beastie Boys "exemplified New York" and helped rejuvenate the city during their influential early years.

The statement continued by praising Yauch's extracurricular activities, which included his pro-Tibet Milarepa Fund and the film distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories. The late rapper was "a man of colossal talent and charisma," the resolution stated.

The late Beastie Boys MC died earlier this month after a battle with cancer. He was 47.