The Beastie Boys hit a career high-water mark when they were announced as inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame yesterday, but not everyone is happy about it. Funk group WAR is outraged that they were snubbed from this year's inductee list and that the Beasties received the honor before them.
In a statement to TMZ, War front man and founding member Howard Scott says when he heard the news he "felt like I was kicked in the back of my britches."
"How could the Beastie Boys get in before us when they sampled War's music on their first album?! I'll eat their platinum records!" he protested.
From Scott's point of view his band, which had seminal '60s and '70s hits with songs like "Lowrider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends," is long overdue for the honor.
“We were cranking out gold records when they were still in diapers,” he said.
The Beastie Boys will be joined by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Guns & Roses, Donovan and others in an April 14, 2012 ceremony.
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