Action Bronson, Blue Chips 2
Bronson always comes with the fantastic animated covers—check out last year’s Rare Chandeliers for another example—and this Party Supplies-assisted tape is no different. Much respect to that referee, who looks like he’s standing up to some serious Bronson ire.
Danny Brown, Old
A number of albums and mixtapes took the portrait route this year, but none so successfully as Danny Brown, whose melting Admiral schtick and look of pure bemusement walks away with the title this year. He’s just so majestic sometimes.
2 Chainz, B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime
What’s the only way to improve upon last year’s solo debut cover art for Based On A T.R.U. Story? Change the background from black to white, and make the chains bigger. This is stunning. Good work, DONDA.
Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
Oh, what we would give to see the entire photo set from that 1970s-themed portrait in the top corner. Maybe for a deluxe reissue down the road.
Prodigy and The Alchemist, Albert Einstein
Zombie Albert Einstein? Check. A sleeper album from two of the best two do it, this cover is as creepy and freaky as you could imagine. Great for holiday parties, of course.