- Associated Press - Friday, May 4, 2012

Reaction to the death Friday of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys:

Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it’s obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock.” _ Eminem

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“May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life.” _ Jay-Z

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“Today, the music industry lost one of its brightest stars. As a founding member of the Beastie Boys, Adam was a true pioneer and a creative force who paved the way for so many of us. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans around the world.” _ Sean “Diddy” Combs

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“One of my greatest moments in music was when I worked with the Beastie Boys … Now today I’m hearing our brother is gone. I prayed this would not happen .. MCA was so cool, man. We had great talks about what it was like for them in the beginning, getting into the rap game. I’ll never forget that experience for the rest of my life. MCA is true legend who influenced me. God bless his soul and his loved ones.” _ Nas

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“Last night, I took a 14 hour flight to Sydney, Australia from LA, embarking on P.E.’s 80th tour in 25 years. I just landed to 65 texts with the news. Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago. They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then `til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to lose many in your post-50 path of life. Still, I’m a bit teary-eyed leaving this plane. R.I.P. Adam aka MCA.” _ Chuck D of Public Enemy

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“I thought I was the fourth member of Beastie Boys in seventh grade. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t. The first time I ever saw them on stage was a very early show of theirs before “License to Ill” came out, opening for Run DMC at Joe Louis Arena.  My jaw dropped to the floor!  Not only was I the only white kid in the place (as far as I knew) but I said to myself, `Holy (expletive), there’s other white kids that rap?!?  WOW!’  My mind was blown. … MCA I know was at the forefront of this in the group, and for that I am forever indebted.  When I heard the news, a crazy chill went through my body like no other.  I don’t wanna sound all dramatic, but that’s the truth. … My heart absolutely bleeds for my friend Mike D. and for Ad-Rock.  Having lost a member of my own band, I understand a little of what it’s like. I only hope in writing this that it brings a little comfort to his friends, family and fans, what an inspiration this man was and always will be to me. …From one of your biggest fans, rest in peace homeboy. _ Kid Rock, who inducted the Beastie Boys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April

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MCA was a great artist, visionary and a selfless humanitarian He and his bandmates were especially kind to me and we became good friends. They took Tribe out on tour a couple of times and showed us the ropes. We spent a lot of time together and I learned a great deal from him and the boys. Our roots are intertwined in many ways. I can’t put into words how crushed I am. My condolences goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed.” _ Q-Tip

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