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.
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.
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.
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.
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!