Eminem‘s discography remains a dominant force in the musical landscape. In December, it became the most-streamed catalog of any act on Spotify, with 11 of his albums each surpassing over a billion streams on the platform.
Now, Slim Shady’s record-breaking discography is getting a new look. The Detroit rap legend has joined forces with renowned artist Damien Hirst to reimagine 12 of his album covers as part of Interscope Records’ 30th anniversary.
From 1999’s Slim Shady LP, 2000’s diamond-selling The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002’s 8 Mile soundtrack through to Eminem’s most recent offering, 2020’s Music To Be Murdered By: Side B, Hirst has applied his psychedelic paint skills to Marshall Mathers’ iconic covers.
🤯 @hirst_official reimagined 12 of my album covers for @interscope’s 30th anniversary! Limited edition vinyl drop on @NTWRKLIVE this Saturday to raise money for the Iovine and Young’s new school in SoCal – https://t.co/F757AYIheC pic.twitter.com/iq1xcG06cj
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) January 25, 2022
Fans will be able to get their hands on the redesigned album artwork when signed limited edition vinyl copies go on sale from January 27 to 31 via NTWRK.
What’s more, it’s all for a good cause. Profits from the vinyl sales will go toward building a school in South Los Angeles, as supported by Interscope co-founder Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre‘s Iovine and Young Foundation.
Damien Hirst is no stranger to working with rappers. Last year, the British artist designed Drake‘s polarizing Certified Lover Boy album cover, which featured 12 pregnant women emojis.
Hirst also counts Kanye West as a fan, with the Chicago native attending his “The Veil Paintings” show in Los Angeles in 2018. Ye also reportedly bought Hirst’s “The Incomplete Truth” sculpture for £1 million (around $1.3 million) last year.
Eminem isn’t the only artist to have his artwork reimagined as part of Interscope’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Dr. Dre’s 2001, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me are among the slate of iconic Interscope releases that have also been given a makeover by a diverse group of visual artists.
The redesigned album covers will be on display at a groundbreaking exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from January 30 to February 13.