Marvel Comics has found fertile inspiration this year in hip-hop. First, the iconic comics imprint reinterpreted the Run the Jewels 2 artwork on many of its comic book covers. A few months later, Marvel’s artists paid homage to various album covers by De La Soul, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, A$AP Rocky, Lauryn Hill and Eric B and Rakim. And once again, the creative folks at Marvel are using hip-hop album covers as inspiration for the covers of upcoming issues. Uproxx reports that three more issues will be given the hip-hop treatment, and this time the albums being used as a template are Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Kool Keith’s Black Elvis/Lost in Space, and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
The new Marvel hip-hop covers are Guardians of Infinity #1 (Lamar), The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 (Raekwon), and Venom: Space Knight #1 (Kool Keith).
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.