Cover Art

The AEOMcover art is like a Death Row corporate executive portrait. He’s repping the company entirely—throwing up the Westside hand symbol, showing off his Death Row medallion, and basically giving Suge what he wants. He had to show that he was ballin’. The jewelry was a part of it. He was not just alive, but he was bringing it in every possible way. This is Pac, the resurrected rap star.

 

The AEOM cover art is like a Death Row corporate executive portrait. He’s repping the company entirely—throwing up the Westside hand symbol, showing off his Death Row medallion, and basically giving Suge what he wants. The TDK cover feels more like a mixtape, which is essentially what it is.

 

The TDK cover feels more like a mixtape, which is essentially what it is. But there’s so much mystical resonance on that cover because he’s presenting himself on a crucifix. It was such a powerful image that he had to address it on the album—the song “Blasphemy” speaks to those who might be offended by the album cover.

That whole gangster mystic thing is fully realized in this image—superimposing several messianic symbols on Tupac at once. He’s hanging on a cross, dying for the sins of the whole T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. nation. His rabbit ears have become a crown of thorns. Pac’s the sacrificial lamb for keeping it real. The eerie coincidence of his death would only add to the prophetic nature of this work.

The strangest thing about that cover is the parental advisory sticker covering his loins. It somehow made the image seem even more dangerous.

Advantage: TDK

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