Stimulus Package: Freeway dope cd cover!

Notable album covers catch the eye, dribble it around a little, and then snap it back into place, forever skewed. They can be funny, gross, shocking, stunning, or just plain wrong. They can define artists. With Take Cover, we aim to track down the most striking new album covers taking up web space and vinyl bins and get the story behind them.

In this installment, we check in with designer Brent Rollins, who created the incredible packaging for the Freeway/Jake One collaborative album The Stimulus Package. The CD comes packaged in what looks like a gigantic money clip, with lyrics and liner notes printed on what look like dollar bills with Free and Jake’s faces on them. Inside, there’s also a cardboard wallet, which houses the CD and a download card for an instrumental version of the album.

Rollins is part of the ego trip collective, which produced the beloved 90s hip-hop zine ego trip and later went on to produce pieces of greatness like ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and the VH1 reality competition “The (White) Rapper Show”. Rollins also designed things like the Boyz N the Hood movie logo and Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s Black Star album.

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