Music is a powerful thing. It influences people to be themselves, to rebel, to stand out. And the Beastie Boys were the epitome of all that and more.
Hearing that Adam “MCA” Yauch had passed away was really hard. I honestly did not want to believe it. Him and the two other Beastie Boys seemed immortal to me. They made songs that helped Hip Hop enter a whole different level of music and did it on their own terms.
I know that I wasn’t necessarily the generation of Beastie Boys. I grew up with them as a kid, not fully understanding the lyrics, but enjoying the music none the less. As I grew older, the group was already at a maturity level that helped me better understand the world we live in and see the positive affects people can have on the world. MCA was one of those guys I loved hearing, not just rap, but speak. He truly had a way with words and honestly believed in peace and love.
Being a Palestinian American woman, I found him inspiring. He helped me see the Middle East. Younger, I was very confused about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I had a family who was very biased toward Palestine and had every right to be–they were one of the families that fled Palestine to avoid anymore endearment of the conflict. I guess I always saw Israel, Palestine, and the whole Middle East as violent. And 9/11 didn’t help.
I wasn’t bullied or judged as much as I know many other Arabs and Muslims were in America, but I did have some stupid questions asked to me– and some questions I wasn’t sure how to answer. Do you hate Jews? Are you going to bomb us now? Why don’t you wear the hijab?
I am Catholic. A Palestinian American Catholic woman. Not uncommon among the Arab world, but stereotyped as “unheard of”. But when I was young, I thought I was uncommon and I thought my life had to deal with hate and violence. So I ignored anything that had to do with the conflict to keep myself feeling positive and being kind.
MCA was one of those people who helped me see the Middle East as not just a violent place full of hate, but a place that needs peaceful help. He didn’t fully help me, but he opened my eyes to something I was very unsure of at the time.
Today, I am more aware, more acceptable of it, and have more hope. Many people who write about MCA will mainly talk about his music, his life, and his accomplishments. Many will talk about the affect he had on them. His affect on me was to not only love Hip Hop, but to find peace in a place that seemed so violent.
Rambling is something I do best and have clearly done it well here. I am sad about Adam “MCA” Yauch passing away. A great man has left us, but his life will live on through his music and his words.
And now here’s some SABOTAGE!
*Note: I’m not trying to cause conflict with this post. The subject matter I have mentioned is a sensitive one, but I was only using it to show my love and appreciation for a man who has recently passed. I don’t expect to get many comments about the issue, but if there are people who do want to comment, please understand where I am coming from before any comments are made. This is a personal blog about my life and the things I love affecting it. It’s innocent–nothing more, nothing less.*