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Art Direction: The Drawing Board
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion
Illustrator: The Drawing Board
Jay Z, now years removed from hustling and fully invested in the rap game, shows off his new look and added perspective on In My Lifetime… Vol.1's cover, which was again photographed by Jonathan Mannion. Pounding his fists together while rocking a blazer-cut coat, Jay looks more like the newly successful, talented kid who made it big than the drug kingpin of old.
Building on that, you can hear how this character is reflected in grittier songs like “Where I’m From” and “Imaginary Player.” On Vol. 1, Hov goes from the corner to the barbershop, and the cover's vibe syncs with those stories.