Release date: May 19
Art direction: Joseph Martinez
Label: New World Color / Nature Sounds

The #1 choice from our mid-year list, Blu’s Good To Be Home still remains a strong contender for one of the strongest pieces of album artwork to have emerged in 2014.

“We wanted to make a day in the life of L.A. in an album. Being as true to who we are…We wanted to put all that into the record, and we wanted to hear all of that come out of the record,” Blu explained in an interview earlier this year.

The first double album from the rapper featured bold artwork from contemporary artist Joseph Martinez—a painted recreation of gang members gladly posing for a police officer in a disparate, almost sarcastic comment on the realities of police relations (and very real tensions) in certain areas of America.