There were a lot of hilariously bad album covers this year, suffering from poor art direction, over pretentiousness, or complete jumbled messes. Here’s a look at the year’s biggest eyesores in hip-hop cover art.
10. Tyga – Hotel California – Hey bro, even rich people don’t wear fur coats in California. In the daytime. It’s nice out. That photoshopped tiger should maul you for such audacity.
9. Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off
The problem with doing a pretentious album cover like this is that if your album doesn’t deliver, you risk looking ridiculous. Put some clothes on, homie.
8. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name (Standard Edition)
We’re glad Pusha T stepped his game up for the deluxe edition of this album. This, however, is not high art, it’s pure laziness. We expect better from Donda.
7. Tech N9ne – Something Else – We guess there’s a few out there that think this portrait of Tech N9ne as some kind of a fire-demon is “ill”, but it ain’t us.
6. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Such great visual direction in the video for this album’s title track, so what happened here? Doesn’t look any better with 3D glasses, either.
5. Dead Prez – Information Age
Or as we like to call it, MS Paint Vipassana.
4. DJ Khaled – Suffering From Success
We thought last year’s #drakecrieswhen meme inspired by the Take Care cover was bad, but this takes it a step further. Poor DJ Khaled, he’s so successful. Tears stream down his face as he takes bites of beluga caviar and receives fellatio from two Russian prostitutes in Bangkok. At least he can wipe his tears with his fur coat. At least…
3. Wale – The Gifted - Congrats, Wale, your album made our list. Didn’t we learn anything from Pete Rock & Smif-n-Wesson’s Monumental album cover in 2011? We’ll save the Lionel Richie “Hello” video jokes this go ’round, as there is a bigger concern at stake: Where can we find a set of these Wale head-bust statues for our homes?
2. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
Grainy black and white photo? Check. Off center shot of rapper with his eyes closed? Check. Unreadable crap-graf? Check. We get that Odd Future’s lo-fi, cut-and-paste art style has always been their schtick, but it might be time to step your game up, fellas.
1. Kanye West – Yeezus
There is probably some executive at Def Jam that laughed when Kanye presented this album cover to them, with sort of a “No, really….” type of response. That person was probably fired. The leather-jogging-pants of album covers matches Kanye’s level of pretension, but as he is well aware, Mos Def did this years ago with True Magic. For someone that prides himself on vision and design, this (and Pusha T’s barcode) covers showed a complete lack of creativity from the DONDA house.
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