A Renaissance Revisited

Check out the original artwork that inspired the cover for Blu & Nottz’ Gods In The Spirit EP.


I enjoyed revealing the creative process behind the artwork for Highway Robbery, that I thought I’d do the same for our October 22nd release of Gods In The Spirit, from Blu & Nottz. After premiering the artwork on HipHop DX on Monday, September 30th, the cover quickly made the internet rounds and was received with polarizing reviews.. as I expected. When first discussing with Blu the creative approach that he wanted to take for the artwork, he sent over an image of a renaissance painting of a God like deity sitting on a thrown set high above the clouds (see below). After studying the image, and thinking of which designers I thought could reinterpret this image, SKAM2? immediately came to mind. For those not familiar with his work, SKAM2? is the creative force behind the album cover for ATCQ’s Beats, Rhymes & Life, as well as the album liners for Eminem’s debut, The Slim Shady LP. You could find more of his work below.


I thought SKAM2? would be an ideal fit because I knew he could give the original art an animated rebirth that would really pop. SKAM2?’s work always seems to ride the delicate balance of caricatured and realistic, and that’s exactly what he delivered. When discussing his creative approach to designing the cover, SKAM2? said: “Blu had the idea of reinterpreting this renaissance painting. So I pretty much stuck to the script and kept the same basic layout. I made the subjects darker, changed the bird to gold and made the background a stormy night sky instead of day, just to keep going in an opposite direction and make it a little more dramatic. It’s like a Hip-Hop Clash Of The Titans.”


Check out the original reference art below, along with the final product, and feel free to sound off in the comments’ section. Mark your calendars for the October 22nd release of Gods In The Spirit!


Reference Art


Blu & Nottz – Gods In The Spirit (EP Cover)


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To keep you up to speed, I included some of my favorite pieces designed by SKAM2? over the years, which includes the aforementioned, along with the cover art for D-12’s first 12″ single “Sh*t On You,” an incredible T-Shirt design for Ill Bill, and least but not least, the centerfold layout that he did for our very own Hunger Pains release from Bekay back in ’09. To view more of SKAM2?’s work, check out his gallery on deviantART.


A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes and Life (Album Cover)


Eminiem – Slim Shady LP (Album Liner Art)


Eminiem – Slim Shady LP (Album Liner Art)


Ill Bill (T-Shirt Design)


D-12 – “Sh*t On You” (Single Cover)


Bekay – Hunger Pains (Album Centerfold)


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