Rapper and bass guitarist known best by his stage name MCA, a founding member of the Beastie Boys. He also owned his own independent film production company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, before passing away from cancer in 2012.
He was self-taught on the bass and played his first show on his seventeenth birthday.
He was born into a half-Jewish and half-Catholic family, but he became a practicing Buddhist. In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He married Dechen Wangdu on May 31, 1998, and they had one child together.
He and Mike D. were both members of the Beastie Boys.