May 22, 2017
Mainstream hip-hop may have a love-hate relationship with vinyl these days, but that certainly wasn’t always the case.
Re-kindling some of that dollar-bin classic funk, soul and jazz feel – dog-ears and all – graphic designer and art director Patso Dimitrov has created his own mini-archive of contemporary hip-hop and RnB record sleeves, imagined in a vintage style.
From Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé to Erykah Badu, Kanye and Chance The Rapper, Dimitrov’s designs add a bit of aged gravitas to the album sleeves, inspired by him own love for records like Isaac Hayes’ Black Moses.
Speaking with Crack magazine, he says:
The idea came to me very organically. I collect vinyl records myself and am a huge music fan period (not only hip-hop).
Obviously I’ve been doing alternate artworks for a while now and have always liked to put my spin on things, but for the past few months I’ve been in the creative space of listening to a lot of funk and jazz from the 70s and 80s, and trying to put a more modern, more personal, spin to the visuals from that period of time.
So when I combined that with my fondness of the record covers I recreated, that was the end result.