Album Covers

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.

What do you think of Kim’s cover art? Weigh in below.

Sep
4
Album Cover: The Game – ‘Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf’

Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf

The Game has revealed the cover art for his upcoming album Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf. The Compton rapper held a contest for fans to submit their designs and revealed the winner on Instagram today. The winning cover, designed by artist Ruben “WestSide” Ramos, features Game’s daughter Cali pointing to a wolf, which represents him.

“The world sees me as a big bad wolf but to my daughter @littlemisscali I’m just dad & her every wish in life is my command,” explained Game. “Simplicity & white background & Documentary style font had me sold.”

Due October 14, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf features 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Soulja Boy, T.I., Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, Tyga, and Bobby Shmurda.

If you submitted a design and didn’t win, don’t worry. Game is giving you a chance to design the cover for his next album, The Documentary 2.

Click here for more details and see how the Year of the Wolf artwork came together below.

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Aug
28
Luke James Unveils Album Cover Art, Tracklisting

Luke James

After touring with Beyoncé and starring in the 2013 Christmas musical Black Nativity, Luke James will release his self-titled debut on September 23 via N.A.R.S./Island Records. The New Orleans crooner, who now resides in Harlem, has revealed the two covers (deluxe above) along with the tracklisting.

The 12-track standard edition features the Rick Ross-assisted single “Options” and “Dancing in the Dark,” with production from Danja, Salaam Remi, The Alliance, Kadis & Sean, and Luke himself.

The deluxe adds three songs including James’ soulful cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

Luke James will be available for iTunes pre-order on September 9.

See the standard cover and tracklisting below.

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Aug
27
Album Cover: Tinashe – ‘Aquarius’

Aquarius

Just days after revealing the tracklisting, Tinashe has unveiled the official cover art for her debut Aquarius. Due October 7, the album features the ScHoolboy Q-assisted hit “2 On” and second single “Pretend” featuring A$AP Rocky.

The 18 tracks also include contributions from Devonté Hynes, Boi-1da, Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, and Future, who guests on the Jasper-produced “How Many Times.”

“[Future] kept it straight ‘hood on this track, which I was super excited about,” Tinashe told Rap-Up TV. “I think it’s an interesting blend between an R&B vibe and there being some hip-hop thrown in there.”

See the updated tracklisting below.

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Aug
27
Album Cover: T.I. – ‘Paperwork’

PaperWork

T.I. has unveiled the cover art for his ninth album Paperwork: The Motion Picture. Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the follow-up to 2012′s Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head arrives October 21 via Grand Hustle/Columbia Records.

“The Wait Is Over!!!!! #PaperWork #10-21-14,” tweeted Tip.

In addition to the singles “About the Money” featuring Young Thug and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “No Mediocre,” the guest list includes Rick Ross, The-Dream, Lil Boosie, Jeezy, Trae Tha Truth, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, and Pharrell, who appears on the title track.

Earlier this month, he dropped the Skylar Grey-assisted “New National Anthem,” inspired by the Michael Brown shooting.

Paperwork marks the first album in a trilogy. “The sound sonically of this one is soulful, musical, kinda like [OutKast's] Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik or Aquemini or [Jay Z's] Blueprint,” Tip told MTV News. “It just has an incredible amount of soul and a perfect hybrid between the ahead-of-the-curve, new-school sound and the classic, nostalgic, soulful sound of yesteryear.”

He is still putting finishing touches on the album and was most recently in the studio with Usher. Check out a photo from their session below.

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Aug
21
Jessie J Announces Third Album ‘Sweet Talker’

Sweet Talker

Fresh off the success of “Bang Bang,” Jessie J has announced a title and release date for her third album.

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