Adam Yauch was born August 5, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. As a rapper and bassist in the Beastie Boys he was known as MCA. As the director of the group’s wackiest and most innovative videos, he was known as Nathanial Hörnblowér. In the world at large, he was known as an activist for peace and human rights. Learn more about this 2012 inductee at the Library and Archives.
Video: The Beastie Boys perform “Ch-Check It Out” live on The Late Show with David Letterman and the streets of New York in 2004.