collection: hip hop album covers

started by nevereatshreddedwheat

andrew jackson high school

from ll cool j, glen e. friedman posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

LL Cool J dropped out of Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, but the building still made it onto the cover of his second album Bigger and Deffer. The photo was shot by Glen E. Friedman, the L.A. photographer responsible for iconic photographs of many bands such as the Beastie Boys, Fugazi, Public Enemy and Run DMC.

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quality control album cover

from jurassic 5 posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

The cover for Jurassic 5's album Quality Control was shot at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. The tree stump that they have their headphones plugged into was either a prop or it's since been completely uprooted.

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from dj shadow posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

Former location of the used record store Records as seen on the cover of DJ Shadow's first album Endtroducing...... That's Chief Xcel and Lyrics Born from the Solesides label browsing. This is also where they filmed parts of DJ Shadow's video for "Midnight In A Perfect World."

The space was rumored to be haunted by a Victorian woman the owners supposedly named Gertrude. Perhaps that's why they moved. The store is currently located down on Broadway and Land Park Drive.

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amerikkka’s most wanted album cover

from ice cube posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

The album cover for Ice Cube's first solo record Amerikkka's Most Wanted is obviously a cut-and-paste collage, but it's a respectable one considering the album came out in 1990. I bet they didn't even have photoshop back then... crazy.

The background behind his army of men is downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of South Broadway and W Olympic Blvd facing northeast.

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harrison square

from del the funky homosapien posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

The photo for Del the Funky Homosapien's comic book themed cover on his second album No Need for Alarm was shot at Harrison Square in Oakland's Chinatown. A lot of people say this album is uneven, which it is, but much of it is great if you can get past the misogyny of "Boo Boo Heads."

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