We were very excited to hear that there were plans to rename a park in Brooklyn after the late Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch. Especially when we had heard that Adam learned to ride a bike there many years ago! It's so fitting for such a cool dude!
Well, we're happy to announce that the ceremony has been held, and that the park is now officially known as Adam Yauch Park!
On hand to speak was Adam's mom, and also his fellow band-mate Ad-Rock (who spoke in the video above!)!
If was a small and relaxed ceremony, and it's the perfect way to remember someone who had been taken too soon!
While the two events are obviously not related, that is a sh*tload of negativity pouring on remaining Beastie Boy members Michael Diamond AKA Mike D, and Adam Horovitz AKA Ad-Rock.
The day before Beasite Adam Yauch passed away due to cancer complications, the iconic band was sued by Hip-Hop label TufAmerica, who claim the boys - along with Universal Music Group - illegally sampled sounds on their first two career-defining albums Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique.
The death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch devastated the music world (and us) this past Friday.
While some celebs mourned the late MCA through Twitter, Coldplay honored Adam's playful spirit in a cover of Fight For Your Right, and comedian Fred Armisen donned clothing similar to the iconic rapper's during the closing credits of SNL.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers also payed tribute to their fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer at their Newark, New Jersey show Friday, playing versions of What'cha Want and Gratitude, which are both off of the Beastie Boys' 1992 album, Check Your Head.
Frontman Anthony Keidis dedicated the show to Yauch, and in a heartwarming statement said:
Celebrities and music fans alike were stunned and devastated to hear on Friday that Adam Yauch had passed away after a three-year battle with throat cancer, and now, Madonna herself is speaking out publicly in honor of the Beastie Boys rapper, who along with his bandmates, opened for her during the 1985 Like A Virgin Tour!
The Queen of Pop took to her Facebook page to write:
"I was under a lot of pressure from a company that I was previously working with and they wanted me to lose weight fast. So, they got me with a nutritionist and had me on all these supplements and I was injecting myself."
As a result of these intense practices, the 25-year-old said she wasn't eating that much:
"It makes your body only need certain calories, so I ate 500 calories a day. This was the most unhealthy thing I'd ever done."
The gorgeous gal spilled that she went along with the unhealthy decision because she was afraid her album wouldn't get released if she didn't.
And even though JoJo followed the orders she was given, her album still wasn't released.
The artist explained that she felt awful after the injections and the supplements:
"I gained all the weight back. I felt terrible about myself. And I was upset that I even subscribed to the standard that they wanted me to be at."
Plus, the whole thing was pretty traumatic:
"I had to unpack some of the damage that being on that weird diet did to me. I couldn't work out. I didn't feel strong."
We can only imagine. So horrible.
But, we're glad that right now JoJo is happy, healthy, and touring with Fifth Harmony!
Plus, watch her open up about criticism and unrealistic beauty standards in the full interview (below)!