I have been making parody album covers for a few years, and so for this found image project I decided to make more. I'm currently finishing the mixing process on a rap album tentatively titled "Comfortable Ignorance" which features lyrics that parody and critique mainstream music and other institutions (such as the education system) delivered over Southern Trap style Hip Hop beats. I'm also working on collecting a catalogue of instrumental music I produced to release as an album, or piece by piece, soon. Lastly, I have a collection of more personal songs which I have yet to release. When making my album artwork parody I focused these three collections when deciding what famous albums to parody.
For "Comfortable Ignorance" I wanted to pay homage to and parody rappers famous for arguably ignorant lyrics flooding the mainstream radio as of late. Targets included Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil B among others, but I ended up finding album covers by 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa that I felt were accomplishable and applicable to my "Comfortable Ignorance" album theme.
Here is my parody of Rick Ross's album "Teflon Don" for my album "Comfortable Ignorance"
Here is my parody of 2 Chainz' album "Based On A T.R.U. Story" for my album "Comfortable Ignorance"
I found my Rick Ross cover relatively unimpressive and only conceptually relevant to listeners more familiar with his album cover and style, but not a completely failure. As for the 2 Chaniz parody, I was hoping to bring attention to my critique of how society sorts who gets what information in what form and what that means for status. Many people in academics may find rap lyricism and materialism something they are above, but I was hoping to highlight my education as an unfair luxury many people brag about. As for the Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa albums, I was unable to finish them but hope to consider them before finally decided which album cover to put with the songs of my "Comfortable Ignorance" project. I did make a third album cover parody for this project though. Lupe Fiasco is an example of a rapper that is more interested in intellectual lyrics than rappers like Rick Ross and 2 Chainz, even to the point where he seems pretentious. To one-up his pretentiousness I created a tongue in cheek parody of his most recent album cover; it might be bad to be too dumb, but it's no fun to be no fun so this cover is a poke to the more serious side of rap I guess.
Here is my parody of Lupe Fiasco's album "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" for my album "Comfortable Ignorance"
This black and white juxtaposition sparked my next idea. I have always respected Jay-Z's album "The Black Album" so I decided doing a parody for my personal rap project (one less critical of institution and more emo) might be fitting. It's not supposed to be a reference to race, but if it offends someone enough to make them think and listen that's great.
Here is my parody of Jay-Z's album "The Black Album" for my personal solo project
Lastly, I wanted an album cover for my instrumental music. I wanted to keep a parody theme to link everything together, but my instrumental music is not parody music nor critique so I decided to differentiate the album a little by doing a parody of an artist outside of the rap world. I picked Jack Johnson because I like his name and his music is chill brah.
Here is my parody of Jack Johnson's album "On And On" for my instrumental music project
This is the end of my official Wiki documentation for this assignment, the following images are other works of mine, but I had already created them before this assignment:
Mos Def's "Black on Both Sides" for my mixtape "Jack on Both Sides"
Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter II" for my mixtape "Tha Doubt Is Over"
The Roots' "The Tipping Point" for my mixtape "The Ripping Point"
Two Barbra Streisand albums which inspired parodies by Duck Sauce and me
Drake's "Comeback Season" for my mixtape "The Forecast"
Wiz Khalifa's "Kush&O.J." the original inspiration "Gentleman Ruffin" and my parody "Kush&SnowDay: Part Kush"
Wiz Khalifa's "Taylor Alderdice" and my parody "Kush&SnowDay: Part Snow"
The Glitch Mob's "Fortune Days" and my parody "Glitch Co.Z"