Album Covers

Nov
16
J. Cole Announces New Album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

2014 Forest Hills Drive

It’s official. In just three weeks, J. Cole will release his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

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Nov
6
Azealia Banks Releases Debut Album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’

Broke With Expensive Taste

Azealia Banks has a big surprise in store for her fans. The Harlem rapper plans to release her long-awaited debut Broke With Expensive Taste as soon as this week.

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Nov
2
Album Cover: Nicki Minaj – ‘The Pinkprint’

The Pinkprint

Barbz rejoice. After months of waiting, Nicki Minaj has revealed the deluxe cover art for The Pinkprint. The third album from Young Money’s First Lady, which is now due December 15, has spawned the singles “Pills N Potions,” the Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampled hit “Anaconda,” and “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.

The simple, yet striking artwork features a thumbprint in pink ink (“It’s the key to my heart,” said Nicki) and was designed by Kanye West’s creative team DONDA, who did the artwork for Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and 2 Chainz’ B.O.A.T.S. II.

“This is actually the #Deluxe cover. I’ll post the standard cover at a later date. #ThePinkprintAlbumCover thank u to the Kanye West team,” she said.

Nicki hopes the follow-up to 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will stand the test of time. “I think the album is so classic,” she told “The Breakfast Club.” “It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a Pinkprint for years to come.”

Prior to the album’s release, Nicki will host the MTV EMA in Glasgow, Scotland on November 9.

What do you think of the cover art? Weigh in below.

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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