They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the same isn’t always true when it comes to Hip Hop albums. While plenty of great albums have been adorned with truly terrible covers, the vast majority of bad album covers are pretty indicative of what the music behind the CD jacket sounds like. So leave it to Complex to come through with a bang-up list of the best 50 Hip Hop album covers. From Redman’s Funkadelic-inspired Dare Iz A Darkside to Snoop Dogg’s cartoon antics on his debut, this list will serve as a trip down memory lane for heads.
Anticipation for Common’s upcoming No I.D.-helmed album The Dreamer, The Believer is at a fever pitch. So on the 17th anniversary of the release of Common’s seminal ’94 LP Resurrection, Complex decided to take a track-by-track look at what went into Common and production partners No I.D. and Ynot’s classic work of Hip Hop. The piece is an detailed look at one of Hip Hop’s most celebrated projects and will remind heads why exactly we all used to love H.E.R.
Rounding out Complex’s trifecta of Loose Links, the magazine got a preview of Mac Miller’s upcoming studio debut album Blue Slide Park. Complex broke down the 16 songs the comprise his debut. Fans looking forward to Easy Mac’s project can check out Complex’s preview of the piece over at their website.