Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Separated at Birth?

Am I wrong to think this cover of National Lampoon from 1975 looks exactly like Straight Outta Compton?  Or am I just thinking too much?  The placement of the surgeon's knife is the thing that stood out, as well as the overall composition.  It would be very interesting if this was, in fact, an influence on the NWA cover; the album is as much a work of gonzo journalism as anything.  Its depictions of America's decaying streets are fueled by surrealism as much as documentary realism.

I've really got to get some more hip hop LPs.  The only one I have right now is The Roots' The Rising.

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