Album Covers

Oct
15
Album Cover: Rick Ross – ‘Hood Billionaire’

Hood Billionaire

Rick Ross is pushing it to the limit. Following March’s Mastermind, the Bawse will release Hood Billionaire, his second album this year. He debuted the flashy cover art in a video that also includes a snippet of the album intro. The standard red artwork shows Rozay dripping in jewelry and gold chains, while the deluxe comes in blue.

“This is for the streets. We feedin’ the streets. It’s gonna be most definitely heavy,” Ross told “The Breakfast Club.”

Hood Billionaire drops November 24 featuring the R. Kelly-assisted single “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Chick)” and “Elvis Presley Blvd” with Project Pat. It will also include a new collaboration with Jay Z.

Peep the deluxe cover below.

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Oct
13
Bobby Shmurda Reveals ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ EP Cover, Tracklisting

Shmurda She Wrote

Bobby Shmurda had everyone from Beyoncé to Justin Bieber doing the Shmoney Dance, and he plans to keep the hot streak going well after the summer. Fresh off his network TV debut on “The Tonight Show,” Brooklyn’s newest star has announced his EP Shmurda She Wrote. The five tracks include “Hot Ni**a” and his new single “Bobby Bitch,” with appearances from Rowdy Rebel and Ty Real.

You can catch Bobby performing his heavily-remixed anthem during the BET Hip-Hop Awards telecast on Tuesday.

Shmurda She Wrote arrives November 10 via Epic Records. Check the tracklisting below.

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Oct
13
Eminem Unveils ‘ShadyXV’ Album Cover

Shady XV

Eminem will celebrate 15 years of Shady Records with the two-disc compilation ShadyXV. In advance of the November 24 release, Slim Shady himself has unveiled the cover via Instagram. Em pays homage to his roots on the black artwork, which shows two chainsaws crossed with a hockey mask below them.

“Back to basics! Here’s the cover for #SHADYXV out 11/24,” said Em.

One disc will feature the label’s greatest hits including 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” while the other consists of new material from Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12, and Yelawolf.

The first single, the Sia-assisted “Guts Over Fear,” debuted in August in a trailer for Denzel Washington’s crime thriller The Equalizer.

Watch Em’s big reveal below.

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Oct
9
Iggy Azalea Reveals ‘Reclassified’ Cover Art

Reclassified

Iggy Azalea will cap off her banner year with a re-release of her debut The New Classic. The Aussie rap sensation took to Instagram to reveal the title, Reclassified, and cover art, on which she dons a colorful Pucci bodysuit in an outtake from her New Classic packaging shoot.

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Sep
16
Nicole Scherzinger Announces New Album ‘Big Fat Lie’

Big Fat Lie

Nicole Scherzinger has revealed the cover art and tracklisting for her second solo album Big Fat Lie.

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Sep
11
Album Cover: Teyana Taylor – ‘VII’

VII

G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady Teyana Taylor has unveiled the Sin City-inspired cover art for her debut VII. Originally due October 21, the album will now arrive November 4 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam featuring the single “Maybe” with Pusha T and Yo Gotti.

She has also collaborated with Chris Brown (“Do Not Disturb”) and Fabolous (“Broken Hearted Girl”), and debuted some of the new material while on the road with August Alsina.

The 23-year-old was previously signed to Pharrell on Star Trak/Interscope Records, but her album From a Planet Called Harlem was never released.

After parting ways with the label in 2012, she dropped the mixtape The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor and signed a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

Check out the big reveal below.

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Sep
9
Lil’ Kim Unveils ‘Hard Core’ Mixtape Cover

Hard Core Mixtape

Lil’ Kim has revealed the cover art for her long-awaited mixtape Hard Core. The illustrated artwork, which was inspired by her 1996 debut of the same name, shows a black panther dripping in diamonds with a portrait of Kim hanging above the fireplace.

Originally announced in July 2013, the project has experienced several delays since its Halloween 2013 release date.

In the past month, Kim has been warming up with remixes to Beyoncé’s “Flawless,” Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a,” Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” plus her Nicki Minaj diss track “Identity Theft.”

The mixtape, her first since 2011′s Black Friday, drops on September 11 at 9:11 p.m.

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