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Chuck D takes a photo with Ad Rock and Mike D of the Beastie Boys
March 12th, 2017

Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys were label mates during the golden age of hip hop, and Chuck D cites the Beastie Boys as one of the group's mentors. In his speech given before the Beastie Boys' formal induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Chuck explained the influence that the group had on PE. "The very first time the Beastie Boys headlined they toured, it was the ‘Licensed to Ill’ tour, they hit the road in January 1987. They invited us to join the bill in April 1987," Chuck said. "Watching them tear the house up just like 9,000 here tonight, tearing the house up, we learn so much the importance of a great stage show... They made us rethink what we should do on stage and affirmed for us how important our own Beastie Boys, he calls himself Flavor Flav, might be to our success. In that way, the Beastie Boys literally helped us to get our act together by living up to more than their name night after night on the road."

By Michael Lacerna for PublicEnemy.com