beastie boys eminem kamikaze licensed to ill

Beastie Boys members Ad-Rock and Mike D have spoken about Eminem‘s Kamikaze artwork in a recent interview for The Strombo Show. While there to promote new memoir, Beastie Boys Book, host George Stroumboulopoulos brought up the similarities between Em’s album cover and the group’s sleeve for 1986 debut record, Licensed to Ill.

“I got maybe 10 text messages, 20 text messages. And I’m like, Why do I all of a sudden have like 50 text messages? I better see what’s going on,” Mike said. “Everybody’s forwarding me the album cover from, like, the Twitter feed, or whatever. So, that’s how we found out about it.”

Both record covers feature the tail end of a silver plane with the name of the respective record on display. While the pair left no definitive opinion on Em’s image, the duo did confirm there was no bad blood between the two camps. “He’s bringing back the diss track,” Mike added. “He likes us, I think.”

Watch the interview in full above.

In case you missed it, watch Jorja Smith’s sensual video for “On Your Own.”

Words by Candice Nembhard
Staff Writer

A Berlin-based gal from Brum.