Red Hot Records: Our Favorite Crimson Covers
VIBE & Grand Marnier Cherry Red Team Up To Bring You Our Favorite "Red" Album Covers

Red Hot Records: Our Favorite Crimson Covers

Aside from the music itself, there's no element more important to a recording artist's new release than its album cover.

It's the first thing the consumer sees upon purchasing the product and is forever associated with the audio inside. In fact, album artwork can achieve such legendary status—The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Nirvana's Nevermind certainly come to mind—that the image actually carves out its own historic place within society's collective pop-culture consciousness.

With that in mind, in honor of Grand Marnier Cherry, we present you with a handful of our favorite "crimson" colored album covers (in no particular order, of course)!

Compiled By Jazmine Gray & Keenan Higgins

Aaliyah - Aaliyah (2001)

On Aaliyah's final album before her untimely passing, she gave us something so fresh that it still sounds like it could've been released just yesterday. Ironically, this album is often referred to as "The Red Album" amongst her fans, so placing it on our list is only right. We pour one out in your memory, Baby Girl...

Game - The R.E.D. Album (2011)

The Game’s R.E.D. Album, with its black and red theme, undoubtly captures the essence of the Compton rapper's roots. The red silhouettes Game’s face as he stares intently on the captivating cover.This art conveniently captures his first real family.

Green Day - American Idiot (2004)

There's a lot that can be said of the pop-punk trio's seventh full length studio album, from its major departure in sound and structure and blunt-yet-poetic political messaging, to its dominance during awards season in the rock categories. But often overlooked is its multi-faceted album cover—which speaks to many of the record's themes. On one hand, it is representative of revolution in its purest form, thanks to the iconic "raised hand" image. On the other, the idea of the heart and hand grenade pictured as one sums up the story of this one-of-a-kind concept album. The stark contrast of the red, white, and deep red colors is particularly vivid, just like the detailed narratives of the record.

Jay-Z - Kingdom Come (2006)

Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come album cover makes a bold statement with its use of a red backdrop. The red juxtaposed with the black gives it an intriguing feel. If you were one of the lucky ones to get the red jeweled case that came with certain printings, you can easily see why this one reigns supreme—just like King Hova himself.

Raekwon - Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang (2011)

Raekwon's black and red cover for Shaolin vs. Wu Tang makes quite the statement. It's the fire-red that stands out—bringing attention to his face on the cover and the shadowy figures in the backdrop.

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (1991)

A Tribe Called Quest used red on their album cover for The Low End Theory to outline the womanly figure. The vibrant red contrasts quite nicely against the black background and green letters. The red also gives the figure on the cover a more human look, while still upholding that cool mysteriousness we still associate it with.

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