CATEGORY: hip-hop

Wax Poetics #26

I’m really digging the cover of the new Wax Poetics Magazine. The back and front were illustrated by Zachariah O’Hara, an artist out of NY. You can see more of his funky paintings here and here.This issue had a nice…

Blu & Exile – Below The Heavens

I finally picked this album up a few days ago. Nice west-coast hip-hop by emcee Blu and producer Exile. It was nice to see the artists behind the packaging listed in the tray. Design and art direction is by Mike…

Snoop Dog – "Sensual Seduction"

Video of the year.Directed by Melina Matsoukas.

Wax Poetics – The Cover Story

Soul Sides made a quick post yesterday about a book of album cover art that Wax Poetics Magazine is releasing in “a few weeks”. I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. So I need money for that and their first-five-issue…

Wax Poetics #25

Just a heads up. The latest issue of Wax Poetics features a few great photographers mainly involved in hip-hop culture. George Dubose, David Corio, Ernie Paniccioli, Joe Conzo, Jamel Shabazz, Janette Beckman, my favorite Brian Cross (B+) and a few…

Stones Throw Records – B-Ball Zombie War

I have mentioned that I love Stones Throw, right? This is a video for Stones Throw’s B-Ball Zombie War. Appearantly it was released yesterday and I was completely oblivious. I guess I’m headed to the music store…Anyway, this was animated…

Talib Kweli – Eardrum

This album caught me by surprise. Talib’s last few albums didn’t do much for me. So I came at this album expecting more of the same. Train of Thought gets a high spot in my mind. Forunately, Kweli came with…

Percee P – Perserverance

Another quick post. And yes, it is another Stones Throw release. Sorry. This is MC Percee P’s debut album (he’s been in the business for at least 20 years), with Madlib taking care of the production. The next Madvillain? No,…

Shape of Broad Minds – Craft of the Lost Art

Lex Records and Ehquestionmark really know how to push the envelope when it comes to album packaging. I’ve posted about them before, but Jneiro Jarel’s Shape of Broad Minds album was released Tuesday so I’m writing again. The most interesting…

Nobody – And Everything Else…

This is a beautiful cover for Nobody’s last album, featuring a henna design by someone named Gabriela Lopez. Design work’s by Keith Tamashiro of Soap Design, who I will get into later.

Beastie Boys – To The 5 Boroughs

I came across The Beastie’s album To The 5 Boroughs while looking through my CD collection in my hometown. Since the album never managed to fully impress me, I never got to appreciate the beautiful artwork. The panoramic drawing of…

Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble – Miles Away

This album cover showed up in Stones Throw‘s latest newsletter today. No information on the album, other than it being a continuation of Madlib’s Yesterday’s Universe work. Maybe something to do with Miles Davis? The release is sometime in the…

De La Soul – Buhloone Mind State

This is the front and back of the insert for De La’s third album. I’m of the opinion that the illustration should have been on the front. It’s weird, a little disturbing but cool. It has aged a lot better…

Junk Science – Feeding Einstein

Junk Science is a hip-hop duo on Embedded Records. I saw them perform with label-mate Cool Calm Pete, Asamov and The Perceptionists back in 2005. They all put on a great, fun show, but Cool Calm Pete was my favorite…

Dr. Who Dat? – Beat Journey

One of my favorite albums of 2006 was Dr. Who Dat?’s (aka Jneiro Jarel) Beat Journey. It was a beautiful instrumental hip-hop album, perfect for an afternoon stroll through the Amazon on a rainy day. Jneiro Jarel is slowly becoming…

Update: Kanye West – Graduation

Oh, wow. I made a post about the “fake” cover for Kanye’s new album a while ago. As a commenter on Nah Right put it: “That covers on some wierdo status…” I think that best describes it. I reiterate from…

Prefuse 73 – Preparations

I don’t really have much to say about this. Just that I am very excited about this album and the artwork is excellent. I’ve been a Prefuse 73 fan for a long time and all of his releases have been…

Common – Finding Forever

I was being hard on Common. My initial impressions of his new album weren’t great. His lyrics don’t seem as strong. Kanye’s production isn’t hitting me like his work on Be. I’m not in love with the cover art. I…

Common – Be

I picked up Common’s new album Finding Forever yesterday. I want to say how I feel about that album. But first I’ll talk about Be, his previous release. This album was Common’s “comeback” for a lot of people. Fans thought…

Kanye West – Graduation

According to several sources, the recently released cover for Kanye West’s forthcoming third album is a fake. I’m not surprised. It looked a bit too simple, especially compared to the previous two. Fortunately, I’m pretty sure they’re keeping Takashi Murakami…