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The 5 Best Hip Hop Album Covers of 2013


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.

Video: French Montana – “The Gifted” feat. The Weeknd

French Montana with a baby tiger in each hand? Now I can start my day! Off Excuse My French.

Video: Wale – “Simple Man”

He gave the business his heart. It gave him the finger. So now Olubowale is back to his simple needs, not focused on the fame and giving the rhymes and clean minimal video to prove it. This slick Toronto short says all about how he’s quietly positioned himself as one of this year’s chart toppers without going the conflict route. Respect.

Video: Wale “Clappers” ft Nicki Minaj & Juicy J

The wait is over as Wale finally liberates the visuals for his “Clappers” single with Nicki Minaj & Juicy J off The Gifted.

Wale & J. Cole Drop Dates For “What Dreams May Come” Tour


It’s time to pay the bills. Head down bottom to see if they’re coming to a city near you.  (more…)

Video: Wale “The Gifted” (Documentary)

Folarin hooks up with RevoltTV for a 30-minute short film which documents Wale’s early life and young career.

Video: Wale Talks Fame, “The Gifted,” & More On NBC’s Nitcap With Peter Bailey

Fame can really do a number on you, but he seems to be handling it really well. The Gifted is available now by the way. (more…)

Album Stream: Wale “The Gifted”


Wale gives listeners an early free stream of his The Gifted album. (more…)

New Music: Wale “Clappers” ft Nicki Minaj & Juicy J


Folarin throws his hat in the ring for song of the summer, dropping his “Clappers” collabo with Nicki Minaj and Juicy J. (more…)

Video: Wale Buys Entire Stock Of Jordan 3′s From Flight Club In NYC


Must be nice.  (more…)

New Music: Wale “Rotation” ft 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa


Flex gets the green light to premiere one of the more anticipated tracks from Wale’s upcoming The Gifted album. (more…)

New Music: Wale “Bad (Remix)” ft Rihanna


Wale subs out Tiara Thomas for Ri-Ri for the remix to his radio smash.  (more…)

Video: Wale Talks Tiara Thomas, His Artwork For “The Gifted,” & More With Hot 97

IF you have 20 minutes to spare, check out Wale and Hot 97 have a grand ‘ole time talking it up.  (more…)

Wale “The Gifted” (Tracklist)


June 25th will be here before you know. Time to see what you’re going to be in store for. Head down bottom.  (more…)

New Music: Wale “Love Hate Thing”


Folarin drops the follow-up to his “Bad” single. (more…)


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