2012 has been a very interesting year for urban pop culture. With the explosion of emcees like 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar; the BET Awards Show fiasco and that “hot mess” known as Love and Hip Hop Atlanta we have been thoroughly entertained this year.
As music continues to change, so have the visuals that artists use to embody their culture and works of art. After searching the net for hours, I found ten album covers that push the boundaries of artistic expression.
The Game – Jesus Piece
This album cover from The Game is nothing short of blasphemous, as he depicts Jesus as a gang affiliated ganja smoker. Not quite sure if the album will live up to the hype but Chuck has the net in an uproar…
Nicki Minaj – Roman Reloaded
Nicki Minaj has always been on the cutting edge of fashion and artistic expression. The album cover for Roman Reloaded is proof that Nicki is always looking to push boundaries in a male dominated culture.
Nas – Life Is Good
Eventhough Nas is one of the most low-key emcees of all-time, he manages to create a buzz around every release with minimal effort. Who would have guessed that this ugly a** green dress was worn by his ex-wife Kelis in their wedding.
Miguel – Kaleidoscope
R&B sensation Miguel has another hit record on his hand with “Adorn You,” and the visual for his latest album “Kaleidoscope Dream” is oozing with creativity. Everytime I look at this album cover, I get sea sick…
Melanie Fiona – The MF Life
Melanie Fiona is one of the sexiest female vocalist in the game right now and her album cover for the “MF Life” Lp makes you wanna “leave the one you with and start a new relationship.”
Lupe’s visual for Food and Liquor 2 takes the “Black Album” to another level. I wonder how much the graphic artist charged him?
Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor 2
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
Compton’s new King, Kendrick Lamar, pulled out the family Polaroid for his major label release and the people loves it.
Dom Kennedy – Yellow Album
Dom Kennedy has been lacing us with classic mixed albums for the past three years and he never seems to lack creativity. I love the retro style of this album cover and the Orlando Magic fatigue is vintage.
Big Krit – Live From the Underground
Mississippi native, Big Krit took the streets of the south by storm last year. His love for Cadillacs and candy paint is hard bodied in the album cover for his Def Jam debut, “Live From the Underground.”
2Chainz – Based on A True Story
This is one of more simplistic album covers of 2012, but you definitely don’t have to guess who the author of this novel is. 2Chainz…………….