The cover art for Lil Waynes upcoming album, The Carter IV just hit the internet. Im lovinggggg how he is keeping with the theme from The Carter III. That baby with the face tats pretty much inspired me to buy the album, and then influenced me to spend the next year stuck in Waynes world with the record on repeat. We will have to wait to see if the actual album is as good as the cover art, but if we know Weezy, and we do personally, we can all be assured that its going to be fire. What do you think of the cover art?
After reading RZA’s book, The Tao of Wu, I have become re-obsessed with the Wu Tang Clan and their ground breaking history that changed the face of hip hop throughout the 1990′s. One thing that always set the Wu apart was their gritty style of lyrics, beats, and cover art. They were the group shooting videos in the basement of a Brownsville apartment. They were the group who wore over sized bubble jackets and never smiled. They were also the group who had some of the most original and raw cover art of the time. Enter the 36 Chambers looked like an intro CD to Cult learning. As I was reliving my youth by looking at old Wu Tang art, I came across these gems. These are redone covers done in Blue Note style. Blue Note was known for their striking and unusual album cover designs. It was distinguished by its tinted black and white photographs, creative use of sans-serif typefaces, and restricted color palette (often black and white with a single color), and frequent use of solid rectangular bands of color or white. A few mid-fifties Blue Note album covers featured drawings by an unknown artist, Andy Warhol. Im not exactly sure who made these, but pay that no mind. Im even considering having a few of these blown up to hang on my walls.