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LL COOL J - 'BIGGER AND DEFFER (BAD)'-Album Cover-Queens-Andrew Jackson High School-NYC

In 2013, we accompanied Bob Egan of Pop Spots NYC on his quest to locate classic album cover film locations in New York City–after which he melded then and now in Photoshop. Egan sticks to classic bands, so the website Mass Appeal recently took a look into the Hip-Hop album cover oeuvre. We’ll highlight the covers, melded with Google Street View shots, taken in New York City and tri-state area:

Nas – Illmatic

Nas Illimatic-Queensbridge-Album Cover-Google Street View-NYC

If you know anything about hip-hop you know what Illmatic represents. It was the first album to achieve the highest rating The Source Magazine can award an album, 5 Mics. It birthed the career of Brooklyn rapper AZ, whose guest verse on the album’s second song is considered one of the greatest debut verses of all time. Artists would claim that Illmatic inspired them to pursue music. 20 years ago, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (Nas) forever changed the Hip-Hop world with just nine tracks.

Read our review of the Nas documentary that recently screened in Queensbridge (America’s largest housing project), where the album was photographed by at the intersection of 10th St and 41st Avenue.

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