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#BestBlackAlbumCovers Trends On Twitter: 5 Coolest Album Covers

  • Dec, 24, 2015, 07:31 AM

With the hashtag, #BestBlackAlbumCovers trending today, Dec. 24th, on Twitter we thought we'd join the conversation and post our top five vintage favorites spanning the decades of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

#5 Embrya: Maxwell 1998

(Photo : Maxwell )

Embyra was the second studio album from Maxwell, released on June 30, 1998, by Columbia Records. As on his 1996 debut album "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite," he collaborated with record producer Stuart Matthewman.

Embrya features heavy basslines, string arrangements, and an emphasis on groove over melodies.

The album sold more than one million copies and garnered Maxwell a new alternative fanbase. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The cover was shot by photographer, Mario Sorrenti.

#4 Honey: Ohio Players 1975

(Photo : Honey: Ohio Players)

Honey was the seventh studio album by the Ohio Players and the third released through the Mercury label.

Like previous albums by the band, Honey is known for a cover photo that was very racy by the standards of the day, in this case depicting a nude woman holding a sticky jar of honey in one hand while lasciviously swallowing a spoonful of it with the other.

The model was Playboy magazine's October 1974 Playmate of the Month, Ester Cordet.

#3 Straight Outta Compton: N.W.A. 1988

(Photo : Straight Outta Compton: N.W.A.)


Straight Outta Compton was the debut studio album by N.W.A, released Aug. 9, 1988 on group member Eazy-E's record label Ruthless Records.

Production for the album was handled by Dr. Dre with DJ Yella giving co-production. The album has been viewed as the pioneering record of gangsta rap with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics.

It has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip hop.

The album cover was designed by Helane Freeman and perfectly encapsulated what they were about, the group encircling the listener, as you stare down the barrel of a gun held by Eazy-E.

The idyllic blue Californian sky provides the unlikely backdrop.



#2 Island Life: Grace Jones 1985

(Photo : Island Life: Grace Jones)

Island Life is Grace Jones' compilation album released in Dec.1985, summing up the first nine years of her musical career. The album sits among Jones' best-selling works.

Jones has created a series of truly incredible cover images in her career, but this one is universally considered her most striking. Created by her then-partner Jean-Paul Goude, the arabesque is, in fact, a montage of separate images.

#1 Let's Get It On: Marvin Gaye 1973

(Photo : Let's Get It On: Marvin Gaye)

Let's Get It On was the 13th studio album from Marvin Gaye, released Aug. 28, 1973, on Tamla Records. Serving as Gaye's first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, Let's Get It On incorporates smooth soul and doo-wop. It has been noted by critics for its sexually suggestive lyrics, and was cited by one writer as "one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded".

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