Back in 2013, Eminem paid homage to The Beastie Boys on his single, “Berzerk.” He paid homage once again earlier this year with his latest album, Kamikaze. The album art for Kamikaze shares similarities with The Beastie Boys’ cover for their 1986 album, License To Ill. However, it turns out Ad-Roc and Mike D from The Beastie Boys’ were surprised by the fact Em paid homage to them.
The Beastie Boys are gearing up to release their highly anticipated Beastie Boys Book which comes out later this fall. They recently made an appearance on “The Strombo Show” where they discussed their book, their career as well as the cover art to Eminem’s latest album. Both Ad-Roc and Mike D said that Eminem gave them no warning about the cover art to Kamikaze which bears similarities to License To Ill.
“All a sudden I get 10 like text messages, 20 text messages. Then I’m like, ‘Why do I all a sudden have 50 text messages? I better see what’s going on,'” Mike D said. “Everybody’s forwarding me the album cover from, like, the Twitter feed, or whatever. So that’s how they found out.”
While many people caught on to the cover art for Kamikaze, Em’s current feud with Machine Gun Kelly has been the main topic conversation. Eminem responded to MGK’s “Rap Devil” diss with “KILLSHOT” on Friday. MGK has since responded by claiming Eminem “missed” and wearing a t-shirt with the song’s cover art on it during a recent performance.
Peep Beastie Boys’ comments on Eminem’s cover at the 43:42 mark.