Top 10 Hip Hop Album/Mixtape Covers Of 2016


Title: Coloring Book

Artist: Chance the Rapper

Release Date: May 12th, 2016

I love Chance’s covers. They all have beautiful colors that are really easy on the eyes. This cover was painted by Chicago-based artist Brandon Breaux, and with its heavy gospel sounds, a painting of Chance proudly looking down at his daughter fits this album’s theme perfectly.


Title: Major Key

Artist: DJ Khaled

Release Date: July 21st, 2016

Khaled had a really strong start to the year, rebranding himself as some type of self-help guru. He motivated me. I watched his speeches and felt I could take on the world. Doesn’t he look like he’s about to sell you some “chakra enhancer” oil in this cover?


Title: The Return of East Atlanta Santa

Artist: Gucci Mane

Release Date: December 16th, 2016

Can I get this on a sweater tho? That’s all I have to say. Let the picture tell the story. If white people get their white supremacist president, we deserve a black Santa, imo


Title: No, My Name Is Jeffery

Artist: Young Thug

Release Date: August 26th, 2016

In a genre that is admittedly filled with hypermasculinity, Young Thug wears a beautiful dress and shows that just like in his music, he’s not conforming to any type of norms any time soon.


Title: Collegrove

Artist: 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne

Release Date: March 4th, 2016

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne on some Dragonball Z shit! For real though, this cover looks like they just fused into one super rapper and they are silently gauging their newfound power.


Title: Malibu

Artist: Anderson .Paak

Release Date: January 15th, 2016

Man, I’m not gonna pretend like I know what’s going on here. I just see some beautiful colors and a nigga playing piano in what appears to be his boxers while a wave crashes onto him. And it’s beautiful.


Title: 99.9%

Artist: Kaytranada

Release Date: May 6th, 2016

This cover look like some game developers ate a lil too many shrooms before they showed up to work. Frankly, this is a weird cover. But I love it.


Title: Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1

Artist: Cardi B

Release Date: March 7th, 2016

Wow. I was admiring this cover once and my 1 year-old son asked me: “Dad, what is with this highly sexual depiction in this art?” I told him to stop being a lil punk ass nigga and go back to sleep. Keep being you, Cardi.


Title: Big Baby D.R.A.M.

Artist: D.R.A.M.

Release Date: October 21st, 2016

This cover makes me smile every time. He looks so happy! And his dog is like “man y’all see this happy-looking ass nigga?”


Title: Lil Boat

Artist: Lil Yatchy

Release Date: March 9th, 2016

This is my favorite cover this year. Like bruh, this nigga got a matching BOAT. And it’s in water. A matching lifesaver too! Like man, you know how much swagger that is? I’d hang this up somewhere.

Thanks for reading this far! (unless you scrolled all the way down, which is cheating) An article where I review all the hip hop I listened to in 2016 coming soon!

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