Monthly Archives: September 2009

Jay-Z: Chronology of Cover Art

Written by : Posted on September 25, 2009 : 20 Comments

In order to promote Jay-Z‘s new album, The Blueprint 3, and the early release by Rhapsody, New York’s Droga5 has produced a great commercial that takes you through the life of Jay-Z’s cover art.

The first time I saw the commercial I was amazed and wanting to listen to every Jay-Z song in my library. The commercial definitely succeeded in hyping his new album, however, now that I’ve had the chance to watch the commercial a few times it’s not perfect and it left me wishing for something more. Firstly, I wish the covers were represented in chronological order. Two, it’s as if they got lazy with planning out the ending, they just fade to the cover of The Blueprint 3? What is that?! Why couldn’t they finish it in the same “on set” style as the rest of the piece? It probably wouldn’t have been too hard either, considering the cover for the new album isn’t CG (see video below). Trés, they use some pretty mediocre screen wipes in post to link the scenes together. I think with a bit more time and planning this could have been accomplished in a single take and that would have made the commercial AMAZING!

Heir to the Throne Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

The Blueprint (2001)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Blueprint

The Blueprint ²: The Gift & the Curse (2002)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Blueprint ²: The Gift & the Curse

The Black Album (2003)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Black Album

Kingdom Come (2006)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Kingdom Come

American Gangster (2007)

Photograph by Arthur Elgort

Jay-Z - American Gangster

The Blueprint 3 (2009)

Photograph by Dan Tobin Smith

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

Update… On the Lack of Updates

Written by : Posted on September 16, 2009 : No Comments

This is going to be brief, but I did want to give a quick update on the things going on and why I haven’t added any new posts since the end of August.

The short answer is simply because I haven’t had the time. I’m totally swamped in freelance work right now, which financially is a great thing! Although it has some down sides (primarily with my social life), the benefits far out weigh them. Perhaps some of my contributing authors will step it up and help out in my absence over the next few weeks.

The long answer… Well… It’s too long for me to spend the time typing out right now.

Watch for some new great things to be released over the next couple months! Here are some hints:

  • Sticky Animal Love
  • Softness On Your Skin
  • Something Fitted
  • Take Some Weight Off
  • No Longer Bare

If you’re really that bored (**cough* Brian Hale *cough**), then go join Digg, they have tons of great content that’s updated all the time. Or if you’re needing new music, I highly suggestion listening to the CocoRosie or Crystal Castles stations over on Pandora.

I’ll be nice and not leave you completely empty handed. Here is some of the music that has been getting me through.

J. Howells Werthman – Biking Home on the Tail End of Something Good

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Jenny Wilson – Would I Play With My Band?

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CocoRosie – Noah’s Ark

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Kasabian – Where Did All the Love Go?

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Jenny Wilson – Let My Shoes Lead Me Forever (Joachime Remix)

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Jay-Z – Young Forever (featuring Mr. Hudson)

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