Beastie Boys' Mike D and Ad-Rock Address Eminem's 'Kamikaze' Cover Art

Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys reveal they found out about Em's 'Kamikaze' cover art choice basically the same way everyone else did. The cover, of course, pays obvious homage to Beastie's 'Licensed to Ill.'

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When you realized last month that Eminem had surprise-released a new album, you probably simultaneously thought about Beastie Boys' Rick Rubin-produced 1986 classic Licensed to Ill.

That's because Em's Kamikaze cover art has a strikingly similar vibe to the iconic look of the 13-track diamond-certified Beastie entry. Now, in a new interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, surviving Beastie members Ad-Rock and Mike D (Adam "MCA" Yauch died in 2012) revealed they were as surprised as anyone else by the homage.

"We literally just, we saw it like everybody else," Mike D said around the 44-minute mark in the video up top. "I guess the only difference is, like . . . I get 10 text messages, 20 text messages, then I'm like 'Why do I all of a sudden have 50 text messages?' I better see what's going on.' Everybody was, like, forwarding me the album cover from the Twitter feed or whatever."

Ad-Rock added a "Sure!" when asked if it's nice to have their debut album remembered in such a way.  "I don't know him, I'm sure that was nice . . . I met him once in a bathroom in Rome," he said, comparing the encounter to a separate and totally unrelated one he had with MC Hammer. "We didn't embrace." Per Mike D, Em is likely just not the "warm embrace type." Hammer, however, did engage in a hug.

Ad-Rock and Mike D are currently doing the interview circuit ahead of the release of a book someone who cares about me should definitely buy for me, Beastie Boys Book. The memoir hits shelves Oct. 30.

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