Release date: Dec. 8, 2009
Art direction: Anita Marisa Boriboon, Brian "KAWS" Donnelly (artist)
Graphic design: Anita Marisa Boriboon
Labels: Re-Up, Star Trak, Columbia
For Clipse, one way to get your underdog stance across is to hire one of the most revered street art icons out there to work on your visual packaging. That's just what Pusha T and Malice did for their third studio album, Til The Casket Drops. The pair tapped Brian "KAWS" Donnelly, the now very famous artist and designer who got his start in graffiti.
KAWS had already created a series of singles for the rap duo, and yet, this full-length cover is one of his more understated designs for the crew. Featuring his signature Xs on the Clipse logo, it's a clean, concise, and literal interpretation of the album's title, in vibrant pink. "KAWS is a fan of Clipse," Pusha T tells Hypebeast. "I found out that KAWS has an iPod full of Clipse music. From there we just reached out to him and wanted him to do the artwork for the new Clipse album. We just started this relationship. From there, he designed the Complex cover for us and he comes out to our events and shows his support."
Like Pharrell and Clipse, the KAWS and Clipse duo is a visual force to be reckoned with. No one can deny that KAWS' commercial works for artists like Clipse catapulted his work into a new level of commercial appreciation (read: Companion as a float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and as the new MTV VMA Moonman). —Dale Eisinger