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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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Action’s latest tape is set to drop on November 13th and it’s looking very promising. The project, Rare Chandeliers, is produced by The Alchemist and features 14 tracks with artists like ScHoolboy Q, Roc Marciano, Styles P, Sean Price, and more. Click ‘more’ for the full tracklist. Read More

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Fresh off the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Vodka & Ayahuasca, super-producers The Alchemist and Oh No are back to making mind-altering, dreary, psychedelic hip-hop with their latest EP, The Odditorium. If you’re a fan of Al and Doc No, you won’t be disappointed by this extended play, which features the duo resurrecting Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison and giving them the “Otis” treatment.

 

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1. “House Of Mirrors Intro”

2. “The Odditorium”Stream

3. “Walk Hard” ft Johnny Cash – Stream

4. “The Great Frog Hunt” - Stream

5. “Fly Brothers” ft Jim Morrison – Stream

 

 

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