From Snoop To CES – Our Ten Favorite Comic Book-Inspired Covers In Hip Hop

Mar 20 2013

With cover art inspired by the legendary comic-book-turned-movie Sin City, CES Cru’s Constant Energy Struggles boasts one of the coolest visuals that has ever been released by Strange Music.

We thought we’d take a look at ten other album covers that turn heads with their comic book inspired look.

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle

Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle

This classic had a cover that fell in the crosshairs of C Delores Tucker during her crusade against gangsta rap. So bad that it’s good, it depicts Snoop Doggy Dogg about to get it the best way he knows how.

MF Doom – MM..Food?MF Doom - MM..Food?

Subtly demented, this cover painted by Jason Jengel features MF Doom eating a bowl of what should be cereal but appears to be a chemical batch and rainforest scene mixed into one.

GZA – Liquid SwordsGZA - Liquid Swords

This grimy east-coast classic boasts one of the most famous album covers of its time. Easily one of Wu-Tang’s best solo efforts, this album strikes deep from the cover on in.

Inspectah Deck + 7l & Esoteric – Czarface

7L & Esoteric + Inspectah Deck = CzarFace

Psychedelic and busy as hell, this cover is one of those that could be spotted from a mile away, representing the crazy mash up between 7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck.

Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon – Wu-MassacreWu-Massacre

Perhaps the fiercest that emcees will ever look on any printed medium, this album cover screams “deadly” and is a perfect representation of the razor sharp lyricists that make up the LP.

A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes & LifeA Tribe Called Quest - Beats Rhymes and Life

Colorful, dynamic and multi-faceted: just another album from A Tribe Called Quest.

Twiztid – MostastelessTwiztid - Mostasteless

Gloriously violent and full of mayhem, what better way to represent Twiztid?

Outkast – ATliensOutkast - Atliens

The album that marked a severe artistic departure from what people expected, the dreamy and surreal album is well-represented with this moody and suspenseful cover.

Sean Price – Monkey BarzSean Price - Monkey Barz

This amazing album cover is based on the Rise of the Planet Of The Apes series.

Swollen Members – HeavySwollen Members - Heavy

Even casual comic book fans should be able to tell who drew this without having to look it up. Spawn creator and legendary artist Todd McFarlane penned the cover for the canadian group, also directing one of the album’s music videos.


CES Cru - Constant Energy Struggles

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