Adam Yauch has throat cancer
Beastie Boys

Hip-hop icons the Beastie Boys have revealed that founder member MCA - real name Adam Yauch - is suffering from cancer.

The Beastie Boys began as the brats of hip-hop, and since their inception have delighted in side-stepping the norm and keeping their fans entertained. However, the group have not released a new rap album since 2004's 'To The 5 Boroughs'.

The three did find time to work on the instrumental album 'The Mix Up' a couple of years back. But rumours emerged last year that the trio had begun work on a hugely exciting new album.

Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Santigold, sessions seemed to be pointing back towards their earlier work. Re-issues of 'Paul's Boutique' and 'Check Your Head' whetted appetites, both containing a raft of unreleased material.

As release details became more concrete, fans grew ever more excited. Titled 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt.1', the new album has already drawn some stunning reactions from those who have been lucky enough to hear it.

However the group's plans have been thrown into disarray by the shock news that Adam Yauch is suffering from cancer. In a new video message Yauch reveals that he noticed a lump in his throat, which has turned out to be a tumour.

The rapper goes on to state that the growth will not affect his voice, and he has to undergo an operation shortly. This has, however, meant that Beastie Boys must cancel all upcoming appearances, and the release date of their album (PREVIEWED) will move back - we'll update you on its new release date ASAP.

ClashMusic met the band recently, to chew the fat and discuss their new album 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt.1'. Obviously news of this had yet to break, with the trio in typically high spirits. Click HERE to read a snippet of our chat with Beastie Boys - the full feature will run in the next issue of Clash Magazine.

Get well soon, MCA! Watch Adam Yauch's message to fans below...


UPDATE - 5th August 2009: MCA has sent a message to fans following the surgery. Read his statement HERE.

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