MCA remembered in mural

Artists painted a tribute to Brooklyn-born Adam Yauch, aka MCA, one of the founding members of the rap group the Beastie Boys, that’s visible from the Avenue P elevated subway platform in Midwood.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Fans of recently deceased rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch showed their gratitude to the legendary Brooklyn-born Beastie Boy by painting a mural in his honor.

The graffiti — which is the length of a building and can be seen from the Avenue P train station at McDonald Avenue — spells out MCA’s name. A beaming sunset and the word “Gratitude” is written inside the huge letters.

Mural painters, who are affiliated with the store Entree Lifestyle, saw the mural as a tribute to Adam Yauch, a founding member of the Beastie Boys — and Edward R. Murrow High School graduate — who died on May 4 following a battle with salivary gland cancer. The beloved rapper was 47.

Yauch lent his raspy voice to the Beastie Boy’s party-first, be cool later attitude that gave generations of suburban kids an entry-ramp into the rap world, organizers said.

“Thank you for the inspiration, for this and many, many more good reasons,” said a note on the Entree Lifestyle’s website. “In the heart of Midwood, Brooklyn, where it all began, we paid tribute to the energy [MCA] gave us in the best way we knew how.”

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