11 years ago, when I was 20 years old, @lupefiasco asked me to work with him to create the artwork for his upcoming debut album. 10 years ago today, that album - 'Food & Liquor' - was released.
Of the 100s of projects I've worked on in my career, this stands out as one of the most special and memorable. Lupe told me he wanted this to look like nothing else in hip-hop, that people wouldn't know what to think and that he didn't care, and he just wanted to do something 100% him. I respected those values so much and 10 years later am super proud of what we created together. I did everything from the photo of him to the photos of his possessions to the design, while @rostarrnyc did the amazing lettering. Lupe even suggested I drop a NoPattern reference in the cover, which you can see on the right side by his knee - a NoPattern logo pin. So - needless to say there's a ton of reason why this whole thing was so cool for me to be a part of.
Much love and respect to @lupefiasco for still having all those values today and fully doing what he wants and nothing else.
Recently, Lupe did a guided audio tour of the making of this album and goes into detail about the artwork. You can hear that at http://bit.ly/Lupe10Years
Damn I'm old.