The death of Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch last week has triggered an outpouring of tributes and remembrances from around the music and entertainment industries. Warner Music Group CEO and former Def Jam executive Lyor Cohen now adds his voice to loving chorus, speaking with The Warner Sound about his memories of Yauch, the MC’s legacy and what lessons he takes from his death.
“I think Yauch’s legacy was a person that made a significant impact to pop culture,” Cohen said, noting how Yauch also grew as a man, father and husband.
Cohen, who was influential to the Beastie Boys’ early development during his tenure with Def Jam, later discussed how Yauch’s death has changed his perspective on interacting with those he cares about.
“I just want to make sure that I tell everybody I love them,” he said. “Tomorrow’s not guaranteed. Today is the most special day possible.”
Watch the interview in full below.