Adam Yauch Will: My Music Will Not Be Used For Corporate Gain
Beatie Boys’ MC Adam Yauch sadly passed away earlier this year, but he’s not done sticking it to the man. In his will, the legendary rapper makes it clear that his music is not to be used for any advertising purposes.
Yauch, known as MCA in the hit group, writes in his will:
“In no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”
Entertainment Weekly reports that it isn’t clear if the Beastie Boys’ music is covered under the provision in Yauch’s will. Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz have not commented.
Throughout his career, Yauch has been against using his music in advertisements. In the song, “Putting Shame In Your Game,” MCA raps:
“Don’t grease my palm with your filthy cash / Multinationals spreading like a rash / I might stick around or I might be a fad / But I won’t sell my songs for no TV ad.”
If the group’s music is going to be used in advertisements, Mike D, Ad Rock, and Yauch’s wife Wangdu Yach, are going to make sure that they are compensated. The two remaining members of the Beastie Boys and Yauch’s widow sued the makers of Monster Energy this week for unauthorized use of their music.
Here’s Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys’ “Putting Your Game to Shame.”
Forbes reports that Yauch left his entire estate, worth an estimated $6.4 million, to a trust. The terms for the trust are private.