After dropping the audio last week, Trademark Da Skydiver follows up with some extremely dope visuals for his single “Rite Nah” featuring Dizzy Wright.  This track is from Trade’s forthcoming album Flamingo Barnes 2: Mingo Royale, dropping November 19th via The Barnes Corp / iHipHop Distribution.  You can pre-order the album on iTunes now. Read More

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In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.

So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.

Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.

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Trademark Da Skydiver is back with the commercial follow-up to his heralded project, Flamingo Barnes.  As premiered on HipHopDX, Flamingo Barnes 2: Mingo Royale features an all-star lineup and some extremely dope cover art.  FB2 drops November 19th on iHipHop Distribution.  Hit the jump to check out the track list.

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Wu-Tang, Tyler The Creator, Danny Brown (and special performances from ODB and Eazy-E) are just a few of the names that headline this year’s Rock The Bells Festival. Check out the full lineup after the jump. Read More

Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Dizzy Wright and SwizZz take it back to the essence in this cypher.  The Funk Volume team goes in over the classic LOX posse cut “None Of Y’all Better” produced by the one and only DJ Premier.

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