Rapper pays tribute to wrong Beastie Boy in song about dead hip-hop stars

KRS-One confuses Ad-Rock and Adam 'MCA' Yauch in new track

Rapper KRS-One mistakenly pays tribute to the wrong member of the Beastie Boys in a new song.

The veteran rapper released his latest album ‘The World is MIND’ this week (May 9), with the record featuring a song called ‘Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven’.

The track in question references several dead rappers, including Tupac, Biggie and A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg. The lyrics also see KRS-One rap: “I see King Ad-Rock/And rest in peace Nate Dogg/Their names and their natures will last”.


However, the Beastie Boy mentioned in the song, Ad-Rock, is in fact still alive. It was his bandmate Adam “MCA” Yauch who passed away in 2012.

Hear the mistake at the 3.15 mark below:


[sidebar id=”premium_inline_1″]

A New York park named in honour of Adam “MCA” Yauch was defaced with swastikas and pro-Trump graffiti last year. The Adam Yauch park is located in Brooklyn, New York.

Ad-Rock later attended an anti-racism rally at the park, giving a speech through a megaphone. He said: “I’m assuming that we’re all here today because we’re thinking the same thing – spray painting swastikas at a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do.”

[sidebar id=”premium_inline_before_last_p”]

After talking about Yauch’s belief in nonviolence, he detailed multiple examples of hate crimes and hate speech that have occurred in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election win.