Ah, the hip-hop mixtape.
A chance for your favorite artist to break free from the shackles of commercialism and feed the fans' appetite for his raw product. Lo homo.
Mixtapes allow rappers to put out music whenever they want, about whatever they want, without the label forcing them to include a Rihanna-assisted single or an ode to purchasing large quantities of premium Louis Vuitton handbags for their special lady on the album, like they must do with official releases.
So mixtapes are kind of like the porn videos that go straight to fucking, instead of the ones dragged down by ridiculous plots about saving Earth from aliens by having anal with them.
Anyway, along with the artistic freedom created by the mixtape, comes a multitude of creative, albeit unintentionally hilarious, album art.
5. Gucci Mane - "Burrrprint 2 HD"
Always the poster boy for ignorant shit, Gucci goes at great lengths to inform his fans that even though he is incarcerated, he's still eating good. And How! Silly Gucci, don't you know Champagne is best paired with cheese or fish? Furthermore,being placed in the pen is a time for getting jacked. And you certainly can't do that with such a high cholesterol diet!
4. Young Dro - "Lo Life"
Another case of taking it to the extreme. Young Dro loves rockin' Polo so much that he decides to adopt the sport/lifestyle from which Ralph Lauren derived his brand's namesake. Hilarious. WHERE IS YOUR FUCKING HELMET, DRO? Tsk-Tsk. Besides,errbody knows riding horses ain't gangsta. Unless, of course, they're on the emblem of your car hood.
3. The Game - "The R.E.D. Tape"
Hmm..well if this cover is any evidence of the confidence Jayceon has in himself, I certainly don't want to waste my megabytes on this clunker.
2. Waka Flocka Flame - "Lebron Flocka James pt. 2"
Gucci Mane's shooting guard puts out some equally tasteless tape art. So let's see: Waka Flocka Flame likens his mic skills to those of Lebron's hoop skills. I think Ben Wallace after a samurai sword wound would be more appropriate. Besides, watch out for that massive pile of blow on the floor, someone could twist an ankle!
1. Gucci Mane- "Gucci The Glacier, Zone 6 Polar Bear"
Hmm...maybe I could have done an all-Gucci list? Regardless, something about Gucci Mane frolicking with some cuddly creatures in a winter wonderland just screams ridiculous to me. Gucci, we get it, you've sold copious amounts of that burr-ight white stuff, but this is getting out of hand (or polar bear paw). Although, the little guy in the water is so cute!!