Adam MCA Yauch's will makes sure his music won't be pimping products
During his long and storied career with the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch left little doubt that he was a man who tried to do the right thing. There was the whole raising millions for charity with the Tibet Freedom Concert and his Milarepa Fund. There was also his repenting over his early attitudes toward the less-odious sex; the MC known as MCA was obviously so embarassed about old Beastie Boys’ tracks like “Cookie Puss” (sample lyric “Take me home and eat me, yeah/Bitch, I’ll fuckin’ kick your ass bitch) that he actually apologized for his past in “Sure Shot” off 1994’s Ill Communiction.
It’s now come out that Yauch, who passed away from cancer this past May at the age of 47, took steps to make sure his integrity would be be maintained after his death. In his will, which was filed Tuesday in Manhattan, the rapper stipulated that his music and “artistic property” cannot be used for advertising purposes.
Yes, old-school hip-hop fans, you can breathe easy with the knowledge that “Crazy Ass Shit” will never surface in a Preparation H commercial, and that Nike and Blue Cross won’t be teaming up to do a campaign built around “Sneakin’ Out the Hospital”. Likewise, “Peanut Butter & Jelly” won’t be used to pimp Smucker’s Goober Grape, and “Hey Ladies” won’t end up front-and-centre in a spot for FDS Extra-Strength Feminine Deodorant Spray.
Yauch’s $6.4 million estate was left to his wife Dechen, and their daughter, Tenzin Losel.
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