Video: Making Hip-Hop’s Classic Album Covers (Pt. 1)

Def Jam Recordings’ art director from the 80s/90s Cey Adams got together with former Def Jam publicist Bill Adler (narrator) to put out this book DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop that champions the impact of hip-hop-inspired design on music, fashion, advertising, and more.

They mention egoTRIP’s Brent Rollins who did the Black Star cover and who created the logo for the movie Boyz N Da Hood when he was just a teenager.


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46 Responses to “Video: Making Hip-Hop’s Classic Album Covers (Pt. 1)”

  1. landlord Says:

    456 Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    i gave up tryna front on that joint…

    ^its the drums…very sophisticated

    —————

    and the urgent, swirling string arrangements, too … and young boy lived up to the beat too for a chanage … good for him ….

  2. landlord Says:

    who the fuck are yall …

  3. hl Says:

    Besides the Black Star cover, none of the covers featured in this video are good at all.

  4. why? Says:

    Brent Rollins >

  5. Black Says:

    Over is a good record. Problem is just typing that makes me feel like ive been brainwashed or some shit.

  6. landlord Says:

    Land?

    ———–

    SMH, i know …

  7. hl Says:

    “… im livin life right now, mane… and this what ima do til its ova… til its ova… but its far from ova … UHH!…”

    that shit is catchy as hell

    ^
    Land?

    lol I’m saying though. Mr anti-bama likes the most bama of bama rappers.

  8. Cashmere Cavalli aka Debonair Cavalier Says:

    Drake = Creditreport.com guys

    makes jingle rap that u find your self repeating without thinking

    By Memmen (c) George Castanza

  9. Rey Says:

    # Cashmere Cavalli aka Debonair Cavalier Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Rey Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    Drake is fucking terrible, but “Over” has grown on me, mostly due to the beat.
    ==================

    not to mention u can hear it 5 times in 30 minutes on the radio

    ^^^^

    Ugh.. Sad but true

  10. SeniorCivilian Says:

    # why? Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Half the artists posted today are gonna hop on the Yeezy bandwagon and start asking for non electro beats. Somebody needs to give
    jayceon the memo.
    ^And I ain’t mad. Kanye really does have the power to swing the entire rap industry in a different direction, unlike Hov who makes DOA and then releases a CD full of songs that would probably be improved by autotune.

  11. illuminati by nature Says:

    Last night (April 29) some of the most critically acclaimed acts from New York’s 1990’s rap scene gathered at Warsaw in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to take fans back to the Big Apple’s glory days. The showcase, put on by The Heavy Sound, featured a bill that included Ghostface, Brand Nubian, Group Home, and Jeru the Damaja. Less than two weeks after Guru’s passing, much of the night, not surprisingly, was dedicated to the fallen MC.

    Ghostface, who was said to be the headliner of the show, performed just one song before bowing off stage so that Brand Nubian could bless the mic. The trio of New York MCs played a set with a handful of their classics, and weren’t shy about voicing their feelings towards Guru’s associate, at one point saying “Fuck Solar,” to which there was plenty of crowd approval.

  12. 456 Says:

    makes jingle rap that u find your self repeating without thinking

    ^ you could argue that if he couldn’t rap

  13. landlord Says:

    Black Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    Over is a good record. Problem is just typing that makes me feel like ive been brainwashed or some shit.

    ——————

    i was just thinking that, cause i have this joint on repeat today, after avoiding it for weeks… they put the demonic frequencies in this one real strong… and the autotune hook enhances the trancelike effect… the illuminatis put they foot in this one… im a zombie here … i cant feel my face …

  14. Jim Costas Says:

    ALL U . ARE A BUNCH OF BLOGGER I TYPE MY EMOTION ASS NIGGAS. :)

  15. hl Says:

    I’m confused, so is Premo gonna be on Good Ass Job as well?

  16. Els Says:

    Why the fuck did Consequence mention Shyne in the Find Your Love verse

  17. illuminati by nature Says:

    Four new hip-hop releases debuted on The Billboard 200 album charts today (April 28), but none were able to knock the Black Eyed Peas or Ludacris out of their leading positions.

    Even though landing two spots down from last week to No. 16, BEP still managed to be the No. 1 hip-hop act on the charts. According to the Nielsen SoundScan the Peas’ E.N.D. album sold 21,400 discs this week, making their 46-week total stand at 2,456,300.

    Directly below will.i.am and company is their former tour mate Ludacris at No. 17. Luda’s Battle of the Sexes LP picked up an additional 21,100 in sales this cycle, bringing his overall numbers to 355,600.

    Rap veterans Cypress Hill scored the No. 19 seat with their new disc Rise Up. Fans of the Stoned Raiders bagged up 18,300 copies of the CD in the group’s first week on stands.

    Sliding five spots to No. 37 is Lil Wayne. The incarcerated rapper’s latest disc, Rebirth, added 12,000 units to its 12-week tally, which now stands at 529,700.

    Debuting at No. 87 is Houston favorite Devin the Dude’s new album Suite #420. The E1 release moved 6,100 units in week one. Also debuting this week is Little Brother’s final project as a group, Leftback. The disc made it to No. 134, after selling 4,400 copies.

    Dogg Pound MC Kurupt failed to make it to The Billboard 200 with his new LP, Street Lights. The indie release sold about 3,000 units in its first week.

  18. 456 Says:

    both fab and drake have horrible rap monikers.

  19. hl Says:

    the illuminatis put they foot in this one…

    lol

  20. illuminati by nature Says:

    456 Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    makes jingle rap that u find your self repeating without thinking

    ^ you could argue that if he couldn’t rap

    ***Anybody can rap (c) Marbury, LMAO

  21. Premier Says:

    I forgot that Drake even existed.

  22. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    I’m confused, so is Premo gonna be on Good Ass Job as well?

    ^^

    yessir

  23. the-xfacta Says:

    Back from Lunch! Shout outs to the ESPN Zone in DC. That buffalo chicken sandwich and 23 ounce Guinness was on point!

  24. SeniorCivilian Says:

    Little Brother’s final project as a group, Leftback. The disc made it to No. 134, after selling 4,400 copies.
    ^Cot Damn. I guess it says something that I didn’t even care enough to download that.

  25. Black Says:

    i was just thinking that, cause i have this joint on repeat today, after avoiding it for weeks… they put the demonic frequencies in this one real strong… and the autotune hook enhances the trancelike effect… the illuminatis put they foot in this one… im a zombie here … i cant feel my face …

    ^^^^^^^

    LMAO! I just feel like we as hip hop fans have been bombarded with bullshit for so long that we subconsciously have lowered our standards. I remember when Nelly dropped Country Grammar I swore up n down that shit wouldnt make it. There are new niggas on the radio nowadays that make Nelly look like fucking Rakim tho.

  26. the-xfacta Says:

    456 Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    both fab and drake have horrible rap monikers.

    —-

    Fab is 10x the MC Drake is.. I don’t even know how this is a debate…. dont’ you actually have to drop an album?

  27. 456 Says:

    Little Brother’s final project as a group, Leftback. The disc made it to No. 134, after selling 4,400 copies.
    ^Cot Damn. I guess it says something that I didn’t even care enough to download that.

    ^when you name your album LEFTBACK whatchu expect?

    ambition>

  28. Ghost Writer Says:

    landlord Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    Black Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    Over is a good record. Problem is just typing that makes me feel like ive been brainwashed or some shit.

    ——————

    i was just thinking that, cause i have this joint on repeat today, after avoiding it for weeks… they put the demonic frequencies in this one real strong… and the autotune hook enhances the trancelike effect… the illuminatis put they foot in this one… im a zombie here … i cant feel my face …

    ^
    LIFE

  29. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    i gave up tryna front on that joint…
    ^
    I live for these days.

  30. the-xfacta Says:

    Little Brother’s final project as a group, Leftback. The disc made it to No. 134, after selling 4,400 copies.

    Yo that CD isn’t bad at all but they got one or two, too many ‘love love’ joints on there.. But it’s still a good project.. Fuck record sales!

  31. why? Says:

    1. Scratches and co production from Premo will probably be on GAJ.

    2.All tracks produced by Kanye West except “Last Call” co-produced by Evidence. < Whoa I didn’t know he co produced that shit is one of the tracks on the album.

    3. Does Good Ass Job mean Premo, RZA, and Pete Rock replacing Jon Brions co production?

  32. illuminati by nature Says:

    Little Brother’s final project as a group, Leftback. The disc made it to No. 134, after selling 4,400 copies.
    ^Cot Damn. I guess it says something that I didn’t even care enough to download that.

    ***I downloaded to see if I liked it enough to cop- guess I could have streamed (none), but regardless, i listened to it all the way through once, and decided to pass…still a LB fan, though, and I’ll be checking for Phonte’s upcoming albums….

  33. why? Says:

    is one of the best tracks on the album.

    ^
    *Fixed

  34. the-xfacta Says:

    Black Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    LMAO! I just feel like we as hip hop fans have been bombarded with bullshit for so long that we subconsciously have lowered our standards. I remember when Nelly dropped Country Grammar I swore up n down that shit wouldnt make it. There are new niggas on the radio nowadays that make Nelly look like fucking Rakim tho.

    ^^

    Oh shit!! Co to the fuckin sine!

  35. Ghost Writer Says:

    There are new niggas on the radio nowadays that make Nelly look like fucking Rakim tho.

    ^
    true

  36. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    It took an entire day but I can finally admit to myself that that new Drake song is kinda dope.

  37. hl Says:

    2.All tracks produced by Kanye West except “Last Call” co-produced by Evidence. < Whoa I didn’t know he co produced that shit is one of the tracks on the album.

    Yeah, Evidence is real underrated on the beats and rhymes.

  38. Black Says:

    Im really interested in seeing what type of longevity drake will have. there is only so long that people can listen to you rap about the good life. Even when he raps about his struggle its like the good life struggle. I could really give a fuck if u had to park your Phantom 5 houses down.

  39. illuminati by nature Says:

    the-xfacta Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    Little Brother’s final project as a group, Leftback. The disc made it to No. 134, after selling 4,400 copies.

    Yo that CD isn’t bad at all but they got one or two, too many ‘love love’ joints on there.. But it’s still a good project.. Fuck record sales!

    ***They got like 5 love joints, two regurgitations from “Getback”, and recycled skits…way too much Pooh and Justice League cameos, too…overall, it’s just flat and uninspired, IMO…like, they were just trying to put out anything to fulfill their contractual obligation to the label…I’ve supported every LB album, even Chitlin Circuit….

  40. hl Says:

    I predict Big Pooh’s future projects will be better than Phonte’s. It was written.

  41. the-xfacta Says:

    I want to know wtf is 9th wonder doing? That shit he put out with Murs or Mums or whoever the fuck is complete trash truck juice!

  42. SeniorCivilian Says:

    # AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    It took an entire day but I can finally admit to myself that that new Drake song is kinda dope.
    ^I don’t think I’ve made it all the way through yet. nhjic

  43. illuminati by nature Says:

    I predict Big Pooh’s future projects will be better than Phonte’s. It was written.

    ***you’re talking music, or their future housing accommodations?

  44. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I predict Big Pooh’s future projects will be better than Phonte’s.
    =============================================
    That’d be kinda difficult seeing as how Phonte is more talented.

  45. 456 Says:

    Im really interested in seeing what type of longevity drake will have. there is only so long that people can listen to you rap about the good life. Even when he raps about his struggle its like the good life struggle. I could really give a fuck if u had to park your Phantom 5 houses down.

    ^its hard to have people party to your downtrodden struggle. only the greatest hiphop artists and reggae artist achieve this feat

  46. illuminati by nature Says:

    the-xfacta Says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    I want to know wtf is 9th wonder doing? That shit he put out with Murs or Mums or whoever the fuck is complete trash truck juice!

    ***His solo album was OK, IMO…even though the LB feature was the highlight

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