Works Of Art: Rap’s 33 Most Memorable Illustrated Album Covers

11.03.11 6 years ago 22 Comments

While most albums you see at your local record store will have a generic photo as the cover, certain projects call for something extra to lure the consumer in. Whether it’s because the album carries a certain theme, the group can’t agree on a setting, or the act just plain looks like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show; snapping photos for artwork isn’t always the best idea. That’s when another type of artist comes in: the illustrator. Using computer animators or simple classics like paint and pencils, these experts in ink have used their drawing power over the past few decades to put the proper face on many a record. In the wake of the cleverly drawn Cold Day in Hell, The Crew has conjured up 33 of the most unique and beloved cover illustrations in Hip-Hop’s rich history.
The Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill (1986)
Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus (1997)
2pac (as Makaveli) – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996)
Drake – So Far Gone (2009)
Boogie Down Productions – Sex & Violence (1992)
Violator: The Album (1999)
Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009)
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle (1993)
Curren$y – This Ain’t No Mixtape (2009)
Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda (1994)
N.W.A. – 100 Miles & Runnin’ (1990)
9th Wonder & Buckshot – Chemistry (2005)
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (1991)
Camp Lo – Uptown Saturday Night (1990)
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek As Reflection Eternal – Train Of Thought (2000)
EPMD – Business As Usual (1994)
Chip Tha Ripper – The Cleveland Show (2009)
Clipse – Lord Willin’ (2002)
Curren$y – Pilot Talk (2010)
Eminem Presents The Re-Up (2006)
Outkast – ATLiens (1996)
GZA – Liquid Swords (1995)
Kanye West – Graduation (2007)
KMD – Black Bastards (2001)
Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon – Wu-Massacre (2010)
MF DOOM – Mm.. Food (2004)
Outkast – Aquemini (1998)
Redman – Doc’s Da Name 2000 (1998)
RZA As Bobby Digital in Stereo (1998)
Smoke DZA – George Kush Da Button (2010)
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Snoop Dogg – Tha Last Meal (2000)
The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (1992)

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