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MCA’s Best Lyrics

A tribute to a true beast.

Photo by Catherine McGann / Getty Images | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
As you’ve probably heard, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA) died today and suddenly the world is a lot less wonderful. We grew up listening to the Beastie Boys, as we tried (and failed) to write our own killer raps. While we could barely rhyme the words “side” with “outside”, MCA, AD-Rock and Mike D were knocking out killer beats and lines so tight you could bounce a quarter off of them.

Here are some of MCA’s best lines.


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”


I Want To Say a Little Something That'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

- "Sure Shot"


Well I'm as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce
You've got the rhyme and reason but no cause
Well if you're hot to trot you think you're slicker than grease
I've got news for you crews you'll be sucking like a leech-

- "So Wat'cha Want


Got the girlies in the Coupe like the Colonel's got the chickens

A puppet on a string I'm paid to sing or rhyme
Or do my thing I'm
In a lava lamp inside my brain hotel
I might be peakin' or freakin' but I rock well.

- "Shake Your Rump"

If You Can Feel What I'm Feeling Then It's A Musical Masterpiece
If You Can Hear What I'm Dealing With Then That's Cool At Least
What's Running Through My Mind Comes Through In My Walk
True Feelings Are Shown From The Way That I Talk
And This Is Me Y'All, I M.C. Y'All
My Name Is M.C.A. And I Still Do What I Please

- "Pass the Mic"


As I Develop The Awakening Mind I Praise The Buddha As They Shine
I Bow Before You As I Travel My Path To Join Your Ranks,
I Make My Full Time Task
For The Sake Of All Beings I Seek
The Enlighted Mind That I Know I'll Reap

- "Bhodhisattva Vow"

All top secret and classified
I grab a hold of a mic and let the words glide
It's all hypnotic and sanctified
I never wanna let a bad day slip by.

- "3 MCs and 1 DJ"


I'm like an ornithologist when I get pissed
You must have drank a fizzy lifting drink and you got lifted
And sifted I'm just whiffed and when I catch MCs it's time for wing clipping

- "Make Some Noise"


If you try to knock me you'll get mocked
I'll stir fry you in my wok
Your knees'll start shaking and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock


My name is MCA, I got nothing to prove
Pay attention my intention is to bust a move
-"Posse In Effect"
Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Rest in peace, you wonderful beast...