Art Direction: The Drawing Board
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion 
Illustrator: The Drawing Board

With his third studio album, Jay Z becomes a bona fide star thanks to the massive crossover success of the pop-friendly hit single “Hard Knock Life."

His ascent up the charts officially began with Vol. 2 and Jonathan Mannion's cover shot of Jay reflects that newfound success. Jay fully looks the part of the successful rapper in an all-black-everything suit to match one of his favorite cars, the Bentley Azure 97. He’s spotted in the same car for the single artwork of “Hard Knock Life.”