The year 2020 was an eventful year for hip hop music and the world of design. In a year that saw the world slow down to a standstill due to the current global pandemic, this was one year where great artists and designers had to really step up in order to give fans of music, art and hip hop a visual experience that would captivate, entertain and at times even distract their minds - if only for a minor moment of peace and enjoyment. Step in new media artist Mr MediaX & art director Touch Da 8th Wanda to give their second annual installation and their official 2020 edition of “The Dopest Album Covers”. After spending the better half of the pandemic reviewing the best album art designs from the safety of their homes - for this year's season final episode, they decided to invite a panel of experts in media, arts and music to decide on our final Top 10 Dopest Album Covers of 2020.
2020 Panelists for Dopest Album Cover of the Year: MX - Musician, Designer & Content Producer, Hope Mbhele - Presenter & Media Personality, Selloane Moeti - Visual Artist and Xola Thabo Masuku - Founder of Movehiphop.co.za.
In Top 10 Dopest Album Covers of 2020, we see the two hip hop and design school enthusiasts go back and forth as they attempt to debate, curate and celebrate the most aesthetically pleasing and enriching album covers of 2020 from hip hop culture – as well as showcasing the often unknown visual architects behind these striking visuals. Watch the duo give their takes on some of the best visual album work to be released in 2020 highlighting the works of rising designers, photographers and artists who collaborated on album covers with some of the biggest hip-hop acts in South Africa, the USA and around the world.
Your top ten covers of 2020:
10. Nadia Nakai ft Emtee - 40 Bars https://bit.ly/3rXcc6H
9. Drea Real - Have My Way https://bit.ly/38XDEsw
8. Die Antwoord - House of Zef https://bit.ly/3ne0v8d
7. Key Glock - The Yellow Tape https://bit.ly/3hJkafb
6. Teyana Taylor - The Album https://bit.ly/3hL6DDP
5. David Sabastian - Niggaland https://bit.ly/3nb7DlO
4. The Weekend - After Hours https://bit.ly/38hiJ4x
3. MX - Wasted Potential https://bit.ly/3b6BxFv
2. (Tie) Joyner Lucas - ADHD https://bit.ly/2XfjnZU
2. (Tie) Guvna B - Everywhere + Nowhere https://bit.ly/2MEfz2B
1. WINNER: Zoe Modiga - INGANEKWANE https://bit.ly/3nal3P2
Watch part one and part two below;