Uh, Eminem? Shouldn’t you have talked to the Beastie Boys first?

The cover of Eminem’s new album, Kamikaze, is creating a lot of déjà vu. Let’s take a look.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Obviously, we have some kind of air force jet flying from right-to-left. The silver plane has red, white, and blue accents and is placed against a beige background.
  • There are two number: FU-2 (which doesn’t require any explanation) and TIKCU5, which, if you spell it backwards, is “suck it.”
  • The title of the album is framed in a diamond-shaped design on the tail fin.

Now let’s fold out the whole album.

Now let’s go back to the Beastie Boys 1986 album, Licensed to Ill.


This isn’t a fighter jet, but old Boeing 727. It’s in silver with red, white, and blue markings and is placed against a beige background.

  • The registration number is 3MTA3, which reads as “eat me” backwards.
  • The name of the band is framed in a diamond on the tail fin.
  • And if you fold out the gatefold album, you’ll see that the plan has crashed.

Coincidence? I think not. Did Eminem give the Beastie Boys any kinds of heads-up? No. Discuss.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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