The wait is finally over. After weeks of sharing individual bricks (verses) from 36 total rappers, Noisey is now sharing the full version of their epic 42-minute The Rap Monument project. The entire project is produced by everyone’s super producer Hudson Mohawke and features Pusha T, Bryant Dope, Go Dreamer, RetcH, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Danny Brown, Mayhem Lauren, Raekwon, Vado, ​Kilo Kish, Flatbush Zombies, Renegade El Rey, Rockie Fresh, Pill, Bodega BAMZ, Remy Banks, Killer Mike, Del Harris, YG, CyHi The Prynce, Young Thug, A$ton Matthews, Prodigy, SL Jones, Nigel Nasty, Bobby Creekwater, Action Bronson, Heems, Mike G, Yak Ballz, Zebra Katz, Two-9, Alexander Spit, ScottyATL, and Da$H. Grab some popcorn, a drink or two, and peep the 42-minute epic after the jump!

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With Pusha T, Danny Brown, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Raekwon, Vado, Go Dreamer, Flatbush ZOMBiES, Meyhem Lauren, A$ton Matthews and Young Thug already down, Action Bronson, Prodigy, and SL Jones drop off their bricks for Noisey’s forthcoming epic The Rap Monument. Check out Bam Bam, Infamous P, and one SL Jones spit bars for Noisey’s The Rap Monument after the jump.

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After releasing numerous tracks from the project, producers Sean C & LV finally let go of their Loud Dreams Vol. 1 mixtape, which features bars from Dom Kennedy, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Raekwon, Smoke DZA, Fabolous and more.

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The Mobb has unveiled the official tracklisting for their double-disc The Infamous Mobb Deep LP, which will include 14 unreleased tracks as well as 17 new tracks. Features include Nas, Mack Wilds, Juicy J, and Bun B, and Snoop Dogg with production from the likes of Illmind, Boi-1da, Alchemist and more. Hit the jump for the complete tracklisting.

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On Thursday December 19, 2013, Marz Lovejoy held a Holiday Party at 205 Chrystie Street in Manhattan. The event was also held to celebrate the release of her new single and music video, “Discouraged.” DJ Brooklyn Dawn and WcKids held it down on the turntables, while Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, Sammy Adams, and Tennille were among those in attendance. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from that night’s events. All photos by Lucas Farrar / Far Fetched Future. Copyright 2013 Triumph Media Holdings, Inc.

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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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