Instructions for Drake: take him seriously.
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.
Every few years, there is a shift within a genre that meets the public’s ire or adoration (usually in equal parts). Drake represents a shift in hip-hop towards a spacious sound-scape and nakedly expressive emoting.
Legendary alive. Reminding everyone who originated the concept behind Drake’s homage on NWTS is Raekwon. Glad someone in that age bracket is still interested in rapping powerfully (ahem, Hov).
it’s safe to say that hip-hop has reached its Emo Era. rappers, for the first time on a major scale, are extremely comfortable expressing their darkest thoughts and lowest emotions. good for them!
Part one of Drizzy’s sit-down with Elliott Wilson at NYU. In this episode, Drake speaks on his new album Nothing Was The Same, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and more.
Lupe is making the most of the rap’s publicity wars by dismantling popular beats and inserting himself into the conversation with symbolic lyrics about how weak the game is. It’s a good strategy: not too confrontational to be overblown but sly and referential enough to thrill those who get it. Be one of those. (Hilarious that he keeps naming these songs sequels to his earlier work when they have nothing to do with that at all.)
Drake keeps the NWTS promo going, stopping by the Hot 97 studios in NYC for a sit-down with Angie Martinez. Aubrey speaks on his “Pound Cake” collabo with Jay Z, Kendrick’s “Control” verse, Rihanna, and more. Check out parts two and three after the jump. Read More