Talib Kweli drops off a visual for his “Violations” collaboration with the Chef, off Talib’s Gravitas LP.
Talib Kweli revisits his Prisoner of Conscious LP, dropping the clip for the velvety Terrace Martin-produced “Favela Love.”
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.
Talib Kweli drops the official video for “Human Mic” off his Prisoner Of Conscious album. Directed By RA The Rugged Man.
Talib Kweli gives us the official video for “Hamster Wheel” off his Prisoner Of Conscious.
MTV premieres Talib Kweli’s official visual for his “Come Here” collab with Miguel off Prisoner Of Conscious.
Talib stops by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club program to discuss his new book, his new album Prisoner Of Conscious, the Rick Ross lyric controversy and more.
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
Talib steps into the Hot 97 studios and kicks some freestyle bars for Flex over Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm” instrumental.