2013 is over halfway done and its been a monumental year for hip-hop so far. In one year, Wale, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Jay Z, Kanye West, Mobb Deep, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Rocky, and a multitude of other MCs dropped new projects. The scary thing about it, we're still waiting on many huge names to drop, i.e. Drake, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, just to name of few. One huge aspect that is overlooked constantly is the cover art.  The cover art can add so much to an artist project, some even becomes iconic. So XXL would like to highlight the best cover arts, mixtape, EPs and albums, so far this year.

Honorable mention (Since the projects haven't officially dropped yet)

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 Big Sean Hall Of Fame

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A$AP Ferg Trap Lord

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Dizzy Wright The Golden Age

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Chance The Rapper Acid Rap

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Kanye West Yeezus

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A$AP Rocky Long Live A$AP

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Tyler, The Creator Wolf

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Action Bronson Saaab Stories

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Travi$ Scott Owl Pharaoh

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Lil B PYT (Pretty Young Thug)

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Prodigy and Alchemist Albert Einstein 

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Curren$y New Jet City

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Hoodie Allen Crew Cuts

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Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights

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Kid Cudi Indicud

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Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound Off

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Logic Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever

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Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire Kismet

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Smoke Dza & 183rd Ringside

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Scotty ATL Faith

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Wale The Gifted

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Crooked I Apex Predator

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Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time

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Mykki Blanco Betty Rubble: The Initiation

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Durang Dynasty 360 Waves

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DJ Esco (Hosted By Future) Black Woodstock

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Willie The Kid & Alchemist Masterpiece Theatre

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Young Dro Day Two