When Eminem dropped off his surprise album "Kamikaze" on late Thursday night, hip-hop fans of a certain age immediately noticed that the cover was both a tribute to the Beastie Boys 1986 debut album "Licensed to Ill" A repeat for the rapper confirmed that the homage was intended; A spokesperson for the Beasties said the group had not commented yet.
The group's influence on Eminem should be obvious to any listener, and the rapper spoke to Rolling Stone in 2013 about it.
"Of course, yes, there was something about & # 39; Licensed to Ill & # 39; – you had the Zeppelin samples and their vibe, you had Run DMC that was so cool with the attitude "F-you, if you do not like us." Just like the Beastie Boys. "F-du. We caught a curse. We spit beer. We throw it at our f-ing fans. "And obviously, as they got older, their views and things changed, as we all do, you can be crazy about their Sh if they do not sound like their last shit, but if they do, they're not like that The same as me. "
The beasties also deviated from the snotty, sexist attitudes of their lyrics and the image of the time ̵
"I want to say something that is long overdue / The disregard of women has to come through / To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends / I would like to offer my love and respect to the end.
Yauch's death in 2012, Eminem said in a statement, "Adam Yauch has brought a lot of positivity to the world, and I think it's obvious to everyone how big the influence of the Beastie Boys was on me and so many others. They are pioneers and pioneers, and Adam will be sorely missed.
Eminem was obviously having fun parodying the album's legendary airplane crash cover, adding, "FU-2," and just as the Beasties had the words "Eat me," Eminem wrote "Tikcu5."  The response to the cover on Twitter was mixed, but many negative comments came from people who did not seem to realize that the cover was a homage (no plagiarism), while others commented on the fact that hinting at fans might be lost Unfamiliar with the 32-year-old "Licensed to Ill."