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Designing Album Art For My Favorite 11 Albums In 2019

In 2019, there were albums that made such an impact on me that I just had to design something for them. I’m an extremely happy person any time I can use my creative skills to celebrate things I enjoy. Last year, I did a Top 10 design series. This time, when I was putting together my list, I had to include 11 to properly capture my favorites of the year.

11. Lana Del Rey – Norman F***ing Rockwell
I felt that going pop art-esque fit with overall vibe of Lana.

10. Wale – Wow…That’s Crazy
This one inspired by the dark photo of Wale I found and the fact that it’s rumored this would be his last studio album possibly a la Jay-Z’s The Black Album.

9. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
This one is pretty self explanatory haha.

8. Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby
Designed a whole product label for this album! Little touches are present such as 12 oz (representing the 12 tracks).

7. Rapsody – Eve

What’s a queen without a crown? What’s an MC without a mic?

6. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. IZ HERE

Took my illustration of K.R.I.T. and turned it into a full album cover with custom crowns above and below. “M” is also for Mississippi.

5. Beyonce – Homecoming The Live Album

Since Beyonce did a whole tribute to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) for her Coachella performance, I created a custom college seal for the occasion.

4. Snoh Aalegra – -Ugh, those feels again
Kind of an old school illustrated scene of hot-air balloons of the yarn of love with tear drops. The track “Charleville 9200, Pt. II” was a major inspiration.

3. Lucky Daye – Painted
Took the inspiration from the album title and ran with it. Love’s paintbrush with various colors – which also doubles as a musical staff.

2. Tyler, the Creator – IGOR
Illustration of Tyler as IGOR prominently featured. I did illustrations for each track of this album I loved it so much.

1. Little Brother – May The Lord Watch
My favorite album of the year! Illustrated the stars of the show and added some classic old school vinyl type text. Included a little nod to UBN. (“Youuuuuu are watching U-B-NNNNN!”)

Love projects like these! Hope you enjoyed my interpretations!

~b.