As a Beastie Boys fan myself, last week was heartbreaking in many ways. I grew up listening to MCA, and it just doesn’t seem fair that such a talented guy that gave so much more than music to the world should have to die so young. That said, the outpouring of love for Adam Yauch that’s shown up in the form of street art in the past 7 days is as emotionally stirring as the fact of his untimely passing. In New York City, and Brooklyn in particular, artists are paying tribute to MCA’s memory with striking memorial art that expresses the love only a person’s hometown can convey.
Gothamist is providing especially good coverage of these artist homages, and I love the mural they’ve covered in the post, Stunning MCA Street Art Goes Up in Midwood, Brooklyn. The guys behind Entree Lifestyle created the huge painting at 430 Avenue P, and the thing I like the most about it is the way it reflects MCA’s influence in the art world. The man wasn’t just a rapper – far from it. Adam contributed as an MC, yes, but also an instrumentalist, songwriter, director, film distributor, entrepreneur, activist, humanitarian, friend, husband, and dad. Entree said it best in their blog post:
Thank you for the inspiration, for this and many many more good reasons, in the heart of Midwood Brooklyn, where it all began, we payed tribute to the energy he gave us in the best way we knew how. Thank you for your contributions to music, art, and humanity.
MCA’s energy is what infected us, and Entree’s mural communicates that energy with such bright positivity that you can’t help but smile despite the sadness. Art like this reassures me that MCA won’t be forgotten.