“Now my name is M.C.A. I’ve got a license to kill;
I think you know what time it is, it’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.”
–“Paul Revere”, Beastie Boys
Adam Yauch, MCA of The Beastie Boys, died this morning of cancer. While other celebs’ deaths have impacted me for one reason or another, the death of MCA feels different. He’s of my age group and The Beasties were the first of what I consider my odd “type” to reach fame. Beasties have been part of my personal soundtrack since my sophomore year of college. The album “Licensed to Ill” lived in the cassette deck of my first car (truck). I don’t think I’ve gone a week without listening to at least one of their songs since.
Yauch was a Leo Sun, Cancer Moon. He grew up in Brooklyn with a Catholic father and a Jewish mother and formed the band while still in high school. The Sun is in its own sign in Leo as the Moon is in its own sign in Cancer. This is the natural ego and the natural heart. The fact of his parents’ religious affiliations could seem iconic when viewed in this light.
Yauch was involved in the production end of BB music and videos as well as independent projects of his own. Taking charge of his creative musical endeavors aptly reflects his Sun square Neptune as well as his Cancer Venus-Mars trine Saturn (a hard worker, responsible). His cardinal Mars was no doubt softened by its conjunction to Venus which adds charm in getting one’s way. Saturn here can signify staying power and integrity, acting in ways that command respect. Cardinal Moon trine Neptune is also someone who can make music, partially because they can FEEL music.
The crisp, staccato manner of rap makes it the perfect genre for Yauch’s Virgo Mercury sandwiched between Uranus and Pluto, measured, accurate, powerful and electric. His voice and words came right out of nowhere. They were wry, cutting (sextile Mars) and carried a punch. Clearly he will be missed by many.