Album art can really go a long way. It can have the power to set the tone for your entire album or help make a first impression on the listener before he/she even plays the record. The artwork can attract or repel customers who still browse the aisles of local CD stores looking for great music. Album art can help complete the narrative story that your music is trying to tell. All these are great, but let's be real - album art can also ruin your album, in a way.
Over the years, there have been some atrocious album covers. Most of the worst are from the 80's-90's or from irrelevant artists...or both. This list is going to show you the 5 worst covers I've ever seen from semi-relevant rappers. These are all albums that you guys are going to know and remember. They aren't the worst of all-time (false advertising blog title) but they are definitely the worst album covers from well-known artists of our generation.
Let me know what you think!
Let's look further into this...
Ice T laying naked on his bed, covered by his hot(?) wife, Coco, who's also naked. Her butt is just so strong. I don't know if that's good or bad, but her but... it looks STRONG. Like NFL strong... It intimidates me in a way.
Anyway, back to the album art. It's just a force. Why would he do this? It has nothing to do with the album or any of the songs. He just wanted a reason for the world to see his groin region.
Like I said, I can't be mad. I respect Ice and all the moves he's made, but this just makes me laugh every time I see it. I just hope I never have to involuntarily see Ice T's loins again...
This album sold over 3-million units worldwide in 1996-1998, it's certified double-platinum in the US and even won a few Grammy's but all that is negated due to the face that she is straddling a dead Polar Bear in a night gown.
Aside from her frowny-face and the bear rug, she has one bottle of champagne and an entire garden of roses and carnations in the background. Did someone die? Why do you have carnations? None of this makes sense to me. Make it stop....
What, I believe, she wanted to be a sexy, symbolic cover indicating her promiscuity turned out looking like she got too drunk at a funeral and wound up with the only thing that would sleep with her... a dead Polar Bear.
With a name like Bizarre, you have a reputation to uphold. He's upheld that standard and beyond throughout his career with his weird, wicked and very vulgar rap style. Love it or hate, there is a market for it...somewhere.
This is a simple art cover, but sometimes simple is enough to be convinced that something is not right inside this man's head. Take into account that there is a song about pedophilia called "I Love The Babies" on this album, then look at the cover art and tell me this guy isn't sadistic.
You're probably thinking St. Andrews is a mental hospital, right? Nope. Just a hip-hop club in Detroit that Bizarre and his weirdo clique would play at and/or go to see dope acts and abuse pharmaceutical drugs.
I know that this is what we've come to expect from Bizarre, but this still has to go down as one of the worst album covers in rap history.
This album was one of his first huge projects. He launched it in 2000 and this is the music that made him one of the staple artists of Texas. This artwork, at the time, may have been really cool, but now it just looks incredibly embarrassing.
Lil Flip, you're going to tell me you went out and bought a sparkly green suit? Is that whats's hot in the streets? I don't think Photoshop or other editing software systems were advanced enough in 2000 to make that suit magically appear. He bought and wore than suit. That's tragic.
To make matters worse, he themed this album and artwork around one of the worst cereals of all-time. Lucky Charms? Really? These are gross and leave the roof of your mouth bleeding, begging you never to eat another bowl again.
I can't get down with this. By the way, did Lil Flip ever buy the Rockets?
How can you look at this and approve it to be sold to millions of people worldwide? It's almost like he lost a bet and had to pose like a mix between Jimi Hendrix, Prince & Cruella De Vil on his album cover as a punishment.
This is more like the embarrassing picture from the weekend that got on Facebook, NOT a strategically selected album cover.
To me, it's not the leather or luxurious fur that make this album art so horrendous. It's his mustache. Bro... get that 7th grade peach-fuzz allllll the way outta here. What in God's name are you doing with that at the age of 25?
If this isn't the worst album cover of all-time, from any genre of music and any era, then please show me what is!
All jokes aside, this will probably go platinum so who am I to judge?
...But it sucks.