50 OF THE BEST HIP HOP ALBUM COVERS EVER: PART 1

Hip hop album cover for Common's album 'finding forever'. It shows his profile and behind him there's an abstract art piece with yellow, brown, orange, and blue colors.


Today’s article is about the all time best hip hop album covers. These are in no particular order and include full length albums and as well as singles. There were many out there, but these are the ones we chose for part one. Let us know which one is your favorite!.. Check out part 2 as well:-).


Be sure to check out 50 OF THE BEST HIP HOP ALBUM COVERS: PART 2 

as well as our article on hip hop logos too!

 

Hip hop album cover for Jay-Z's album 'THE BLUEPRINT 3'. It shows a white sculpture made out of different instruments, and there are 3 red lines painted across it.

JAY-Z – THE BLUEPRINT 3

 

Hip hop album cover for Kanye West's album 'College Dropout'. It shows a bear mascot sitting on wooden bleachers. There's a gold frame around the pic and a maroon colored background outside the frame.

KANYE WEST – COLLEGE DROPOUT

 

Hip hop album cover for Kanye West's album 'GRADUATION'. It shows an animation of a bear being shot out of a spaceship. The sky behind is purplish-pink, and there are different colors all around.

KANYE WEST – GRADUATION

 

Hip hop album cover for Outkast's double CD 'Speakerboxxx', and 'The Love Below'. One half is Big Boi wearing a fur coat and sitting in a wicker chair, and the other half is Andre posing.

OUTKAST – SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW

Hip hop album cover for Biggie Smalls album 'THE FINAL CHAPTER'. The cover has a painting that is in black, gray, red, and white shades and is of Biggie wearing a tilted crown.

THE NOTORIOUS B.IG. – DUETS: THE FINAL CHAPTER

 

Hip hop album cover for Gnarls Barkley's album 'THE ODD COUPLE'. It shows the two members in blue silhouettes, and an animation of trees and buildings below.

GNARLS BARKLEY – THE ODD COUPLE

 

Hip hop album cover for Lupe Fiasco's album 'Food & Liquor'. It shows him suspended in air with items floating around him like a phone, latptop, books etc. There are colorful light streaks behind him and a black background behind.

LUPE FIASCO – FOOD & LIQUOR

 

Hip hop album cover for Jay'z's American Gangster soundtrack. It shows him walking with a suit and coat with smoke around him. The hue in the pic is a blue tint.

JAY-Z – AMERICAN GANGSTER

 

Hip hop album cover for Lauryn Hill's album 'THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL'. It shows her face etched into a wooden desk.

LAURYN HILL – THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL

 

Hip hop album cover for rap group Madvillain's album Madvillainy. It shows a guy with a metal mask.

MADVILLAIN – MADVILLAINY

 

Hip hop album cover for Common's album 'finding forever'. It shows his profile and behind him there's an abstract art piece with yellow, brown, orange, and blue colors.

COMMON – FINDING FOREVER

 

Hip hop album cover for Raekwon's album 'ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINKS'. It shows him and Ghostface Killah behind him. The hues of the pic are red, yellow, and orange.

RAEKWON – ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINKS

 

Hip hop album cover for Eminem's album 'RELAPSE'. The pic is a mosaic of him made out of pills.

EMINEM – RELAPSE

 

Hip hop album cover for Mos Def's album 'The New Danger'. He's wearing a hat with a scarf around his mouth and his finger pointed to his head. There's blood stains on his finger, face, and scarf.

MOS DEF – THE NEW DANGER

 

Hip hop album cover for De La Soul's album '3 FEET HIGH AND RISING'. It shows them looking down at the camera. There's a yellow background and painted flowers around them.

DE LA SOUL – 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING

 

 

Hip hop album cover for OutKast's album Stankonia. It shows Big Boi and Andre in front of a black and white American colored flag.

OUTKAST – STANKONIA

 

Hip hop album cover for LL Col Jay's album the Exit 13. It shows a huge microphone crashing into a road. The hues of the cover are brown and' LL COOL J EXIT 13' is written on a green highway sign in white text.

LL COOL J – EXIT 13

 

Hip hop album cover for T.I.'s album 'PAPER TRAIL'. It's a paper mache poster of T.I.'s face.

T.I. – PAPER TRAIL

 

Hip hop album cover for Lupe Fiasco's album 'LASERS'. It says losers in white light that's plugged into the wall and and an 'A' is spray painted over the O in red paint.

LUPE FIASCO – LASERS

 

Hip hop album cover for B.O.B's album 'THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY'. He's down on one knee and there's stuff exploding all around him.

B.O.B – THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY

 

Hip hop album cover for 50 cent's album 'Before I Self-Destruct'. It shows a close up of his face and half of it is burned.

50 CENT – BEFORE I SELF-DESTRUCT

 

Hip hop album cover for Shwayze. It looks retro and says Shwayze in yellow letters. There's a sunset below and sun rays.

SHWAYZE – SHWAYZE

 

Hip hop album cover for Nappy Roots, 'The Pursuit of Nappyness'. It is beige and grungy looking and in the middle there's a black and white image of a tree with roots. There's faint scritpy text under the tree. And below there's a black and white image of a city sky line.

NAPPY ROOTS – THE PURSUIT OF NAPPYNESS

 

Hip hop album cover for a Tribe Called Quest's album' Midnight Marauders' There's a woman in red and green body paint and the faces of the group members are in black and white pics in the background.

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS

 

Hip hop album cover for A Tribe Called Quest's album ' THE LOW END THEORY'. It shows a nude woman sitting down with glowing red and green body paint on her.

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – THE LOW END THEORY

 

Hip hop album cover for the Root's album Phrenology. The background is beige and there is a vintage diagram of a man looking to the profile with numerous drawings on his head.

THE ROOTS – PHRENOLOGY

 

Hip hop album cover for Dead Prez's album 'Let's Get Free'. The pic has an orange like tint to it and has a bunch of female soldiers with their guns pointed in the air.

DEAD PREZ – LETS GET FREE

 

Hip hop album cover for De La Soul's Album 'DE LA SOUL IS DEAD'. The background is white and there's a flower pot that's fallen over with 3 yellow flowers.

DE LA SOUL – DE LA SOUL IS DEAD

Hip hop album cover for group Roots Manuva's album 'Slime and Reason' . There's a clay mold of a man's head and the top half is off. There's green liquid in it.

ROOTS MANUVA – SLIME AND REASON

 

Hip hop album cover for De La Soul's album cover 'TIMELESS'. It's a painting with an orange background and they are facing camera.

DE LA SOUL – TIMELESS

 

Hip hop album cover for De La Soul's album AOI: Bionix. The are in astronaut suits and facing different directions.

DE LA SOUL – AOI: BIONIX

 

Hip hop album cover for Tribe Called Quest's album PEOPLE'S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS AND THE PATHS OF RHYTHM'. It has different shades and colors of buildings.

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – PEOPLE’S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS AND THE PATHS OF RHYTHM

 

Hip hop album cover for Lil Wayne's album 'Rebirth'. He's sitting on a gold framed elaborate couch with an electric guitar laid across his lap.

LIL WAYNE – REBIRTH

 

Hip hop album cover for Ice Cube's album Death Certificate. He's standing over a dead body with an American flag over it. There's a tag on the person's toe that says UNCLE SAM.

ICE CUBE – DEATH CERTIFICATE

 

Hip hop album cover for Travis Barker's album ' Give the Drummer Some'. The pic is of a greenish skull with drum sticks tied to it's head.

TRAVIS BARKER – GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME

 

Hip hop album cover for Kid Cudi's debut album Man on the moon. The pic is his face morphed into an orange-ish moon.

KID CUDI – MAN ON THE MOON

 

Hip hop album cover for rapper DMX's album 'THE GREAT DEPRESSION'. The scene has a broken down bridge leading to water and the top half of his face is in the background. The overall color of the album is a green tint.

DMX – THE GREAT DEPRESSION

 

Hip hop album cover for Wiz Khalifa's album 'ROLLING PAPERS'. The image is his face made out of greenish smoke, surrounded by a black background. The color of the text is yellow and green.

WIZ KHALIFA – ROLLING PAPERS

 

Hip hop album cover for Kid Cudi. The picture is animated. The background is dark with stars and he's in a space suit.

KID CUDI – DAY ‘N’ NIGHT

 

Hip hop album cover for the trio the 'Digable Planets' album 'BEYOND THE SPECTRUM THE CREAMY SPY CHRONICLES.. It is retro looking and has purple and yellow colors.

DIGABLE PLANETS – BEYOND THE SPECTRUM THE CREAMY SPY CHRONICLES

 

Hip hop album cover for the trio the Digable Planets album 'Blowout Comb'. It is retro looking and has different purple shades and a blow out comp in the middle.

DIGABLE PLANETS – BLOWOUT COMB

 

Hip hop album cover for Beastie Boys album 'License to Ill'. It shows a drawing of the tailend of a fighter jet.

BEASTIE BOYS – LICENSE TO ILL

 

Hip hop album cover for Nas's album 'N'. It shows Nas with his back to the camera with a huge N on his back made out of welt and whip marks.

NAS – N

 

Hip hop album cover for the group N.E.R.D's album 'SEEING SOUNDS'. It shows the three of them facing a huge red gorilla that's roaring.

N.E.R.D – SEEING SOUNDS

 


Hip hop album cover for group N.E.R.D's album 'FLY OR DIE'. It shows the three members of the group in a hatched egg that has the American flag on it.

N.E.R.D – FLY OR DIE

 

Hip hop album cover for Method Man's album 'Tical'. It shows him in a black and white picture with smoke coming out of his mouth.

METHOD MAN – TICAL

 

Hip hop album cover for the GZA's album 'LIQUID SWORDS'. It has an animation of men fighting with different weapons on a a floor that has a checkered pattern.

THE GZA – LIQUID SWORDS

 

Hip hop album cover for Wale's album 'ATTENTION DEFICIT'. It shows a little kid with a red backpack and headphones watching a bunch of TV screens through a shopping window.

WALE – ATTENTION DEFICIT

 

Hip hop album cover for Freeway and Jake One's album 'THE STIMULUS PACKAGE'. It shows Freeway's face in paper money and a paper with pink borders holding together the stack.

FREEWAY AND JAKE ONE – THE STIMULUS PACKAGE

 

Hip hop album cover for Kanye West and Jay-z's album 'Watch the Throne'. It is gold with engraved and embossed patterns on it.

JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST – WATCH THE THRONE

 

Be sure to check out 50 OF THE BEST HIP HOP ALBUM COVERS: PART 2 

 

 

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