If you consider your favorite hip-hop artists to play the role of superheroes with their life-changing emcee skills, Marvel’s latest artistic offering will certainly support your vivid imagination.
The comic powerhouse released a series reimagining classic hip-hop album covers as comic book characters.
Totaling six covers, Marvel cooked up Ultimates as Salt ‘N Pepa, Champions as Wu-Tang Clan, Luke Cage as LL Cool J, and Nova as Chance The Rapper, Jessica Jones as Kevin Gates, and Iron Man as Big Daddy Kane.
So, where’d the idea originally stem from to craft such an obscure (but very necessary) work of art? According to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, comic culture and hip hop go hand-in-hand. Alonso stated,
Comics and hip-hop share a common narrative: They’re all about underdogs struggling, striving and persevering against overwhelming odds.
So it’s no surprise that so many rappers have been influenced by the Marvel mythology or embraced the Marvel heroes over the decades.
The hip-hop covers were our way of showing that the love is reciprocal. A lot of the writers, artists, and editors that make Marvel Comics are inspired by hip-hop, and it shows in their work.
Peep the 6 covers below.
Iron Man (50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’)
Luke Cage (LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer)
Nova (Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book)
Ant-Man (The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die)
Infamous Iron Man (Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane)
Captain America (A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP)
Kamala Khan (Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)
Jessica Jones (Kevin Gates – Islah)
Dr. Strange (Dr. Dre – The Chronic)
X-Men (De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Tyler, The Creator – Wolf)
Ultimates (Salt ‘N Pepa – Hot, Cool & Vicious)
Champions (Wu-Tang Clan – Iron Flag)
Marvel first unveiled its hip-hop variants back in 2015. Since then, several hip-hop albums were added to the lineup with more to come.
As far as we’re concerned, keep ’em coming.