DJ Mars has partnered with Kickstarter in the hopes of releasing The Art Behind The Tape, the first ever coffee table book devoted to the history of mixtape cover art. As the first and most visual step before an artist finds an audience and a buyer, mixtape art can be just as crucial to an album’s success as the music contained within. As a frequently overlooked aspect however, particularly in the hip-hop music world, the book hopes to do the art form justice by covering its evolution with examples from A Tribe Called Quest, Kid Capri, the Gangsta Grillz series, and many more. If you’d like to know more about the project, or want to support it, head on over to the project’s Kickstarter page.

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