Here’s a Look at the Real-Life Settings for Some of Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Album Covers (Photo)

Part of the experience of enjoying an album, Hip-Hop or otherwise, is taking in the cover art that comes with the music. Technology and the Internet have made it so that fewer people actually pay attention to the cover art when they download an album, but recently the internet gave Heads a gem.

Mass Appeal used Google Maps’ Street View setting and put in a lot of research to find the exact locations where some iconic Hip-Hop album covers were shot, and added the covers themselves into the pictures. Check out a sample below:

Nas – Illmatic, shot at 10th Street & 41st Avenue in Queensbridge, New York:

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Album Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??, shot on 1-27 Race Street by the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia:

the roots do you want more google maps

Album Photo Credit: Alison Dyer

Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s Most Wanted, shot in Los Angeles’ Theatre District:

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Album Photo Credit: Mario Castellanos

LL Cool J – Bad, shot at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens


Album Photo Credit: Glen E. Friedman

Mass Appeal has done this for albums by The Beastie Boys, EPMD, Warren G, MC Lyte, The D.O.C., Big L, The Jurassic 5, People Under The Stairs, and Murs & 9th Wonder. Check out the entire gallery here.

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