10 Awesome Adam Yauch Rhymes: Beastie Boy MCA's Best Lyrics

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<p>Each of the <a href="/artist/beastie-boys/1007">Beastie Boys</a> brandished a style of rapping that set him apart from the pack. But for many fans, it was the distinctive growl of MCA that consistently rose above the beats. From the trio&#39;s rough and rowdy early tracks to their refined and respected final cuts, Adam Yauch delivered his rhymes with a depth, grit and lyrical precision that was renowned and respected in rap and rock circles alike.</p><p>Throughout his life, Yauch evolved from a street-wise Brooklyn brawler into a peace-practicing Buddhist activist, and his enlightenment was reflected in the lyrics he committed to wax over the years. Check out 10 of MCA&#39;s most famous verses and pay homage to one of hip-hop&#39;s most cherished voices.</p><p><em>What MCA lyrics are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below.</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/photogalleries/beastie-boys-photos-mca-ad-rock-mike-d-through-1006967552.story"><strong>Photos:&nbsp;Beastie&nbsp;Boys Through The Years</strong></a>&nbsp;<strong>|</strong>&nbsp;<a href="/news/adam-yauch-s-death-music-stars-react-on-1006967352.story"><strong>MCA&#39;s Death: Stars React on Twitter</strong></a></p><p><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;No Sleep Til Brooklyn&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1986</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;Born and bred in Brooklyn the U.S.A./ They call me Adam Yauch but I&#39;m M.C.A./ Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon/ I sip the def ale with all the fly women&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:1DqLFLiQEIE48jCm5RXoRA" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;Paul Revere&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1986</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;Now my name is M.C.A. I&#39;ve got a license to kill/ I think you know what time it is it&#39;s time to get ill/ Now what do we have here an outlaw and his beer/ I run this land, you understand I make myself clear.&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:6DOyEhN7AorM5fqBWzfkpQ" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;Shake Your Rump&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1989</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;A puppet on a string I&#39;m paid to sing or rhyme/ Or do my thing I&#39;m in a lava lamp inside my brain hotel/ I might be freakin&#39; or peakin&#39; but I rock well&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:4RvprQhj7Ov1SFQ3HfO7FH" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;Pass The Mic&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1992</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;If you can feel what I&#39;m feeling then it&#39;s a musical masterpiece/ If you can hear what I&#39;m dealing with then that&#39;s cool at least/ What&#39;s running through my mind comes through in my walk/ True feelings are shown from the way that I talk&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:6AFVDL8O6Hg5AmDjNIpQ8r" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;So What&#39;cha Want&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1992</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;Well I&#39;m as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce/ You&#39;ve got the rhyme and reason but no cause/ Well if you&#39;re hot to trot you think you&#39;re slicker than grease/ I&#39;ve got news for you crews you&#39;ll be sucking like a leech&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:5h9mwffuipb2TSeTFp8Pu0" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;Sure Shot&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1994</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;I want to say a little something that&#39;s long overdue/ The disrespect to women has got to be through/ To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends/ I want to offer my love and respect to the end&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:21REQ1bCUWphT2QK3bLWYQ" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 20px;">&quot;Root Down&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1994</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;Bob Marley was a prophet for the freedom fight/ &#39;If dancin&#39; prays to the Lord then I shall feel alright&#39;/ I&#39;m feeling good to play a little music/ Tears running down my face &#39;cause I love to do it&#39;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:18tgx070tbAM4TKxEwzWaG" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;Intergalactic&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">1998</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;Well I got to keep it going keep it going full steam/ Too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean/ On the tough guy style I&#39;m not too keen/ To try to change the world I will plot and scheme&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:5fpizYGbi5IQoEraj6FP0R" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;An Open Letter To NYC&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">2004</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;Dear New York I hope you&#39;re doing well / I know a lot&#39;s happen and you&#39;ve been through hell / So, we give thanks for providing a home / Through your gates at Ellis Island we passed in droves&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:5vwudDPhjnuA1KrNsFjAHK" width="300"></iframe><strong><span style="color: black; font-size: 18px;">&quot;Make Some Noise&quot;</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="color: black;">2011</span></strong></p><p><em>&quot;Pass me the scalpel, I&#39;ll make an incision/ I&#39;ll cut off the part of your brain that does the bitching/ Put it in formaldehyde and put it on the shelf/ And you can show it to your friends and say that&#39;s my old self&quot;</em></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:track:2Bz2Q1JNwwPj40T9AvzE7f" width="300"></iframe><em><strong>Tell us what your favorite MCA lyrics are in the comments section below.</strong></em></p>