I can’t repeat this enough, “Design is everywhere.” Album cover design is a huge key to sell your music by looks. Of course you can’t judge a book by its cover. I’ve done this before, and my ignorance caught up with me. Keep in mind that having a great looking cover will really benefit your image, sales, and brand. Photoshop is used almost 99% of the time while designing the covers. We handpicked some of the best designs for you viewing pleasure. We hope that this will come in handy when all of the sudden you find yourself designing a Album cover for your client.

1. League of Extraordinary Gz – Concealed Weapons

2. Lil Wayne – @LilTunechi

3. Digital Product & The Syndicate – Syndicate RNB

4. September 7th – MIA: MINDFVCK

5. Drake, Cookin’ Soul & Don Cannon – Thank Us Later

6. Christian Rich – The Decadence

7. The Syndicate & Digital Product: Warriors

8. Miami Beat Wave Presents: The Launch

9. Idle Warship: Party Robots

10. The Black Sunn: GodSound

11. Juicy J and Project Pat: Cut Throat

12. Nero: Alive & Vibrant – Relive the Moment

13. Students of the Culture

14. Jet Audio: Jet Audio’s Stand Alone Complex

15. Carter: The Carter Family Reunion

16. Shuko / DJ Concept: Ecko Unlimited Edition Vol. 2

17. Flying Dutchmen vol.2

18. Hollyweerd: Electricity Showroom

19. Lil Wayne: Im The Monster

20. Terry Urban & Mick Boogie: NBA All-Star Mixtape 2008

21. illRoots Presents: Fresh Dunks 7

22. DJ G Spot & Kenny Fiesta: Miami Fresh 3

23. DJ Glew & Grand Hustle: The Tip Top of Hip Hop

24. Mike Waxx & illRoots Present: Fresh Dunks 6

25. Van45 – VanFiga: From The Top (Remixes)

Did you enjoy this inspiration? Please comment below and let us know!


Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a designer and entrepreneur living in Washington D.C. I have a passion for designing, building, and executing products from start to finish. If you wish to hire me, please check out my portfolio:


  1. oh, i very like this inspiration. thank igor

  2. It would be great to have more tutorials on how to similarly create these mixtape/CD covers.

  3. Thanks Nice mixup design seen in your post. please b cntn…

  4. great… I think your website is fantastic. thank you. Pretty new to photoshop and a friend has asked me to do his cd cover for him… great to find so much inspiration on one site ;-)))

  5. Nice list, but alot of these are lq and not very well done. You should check out it’s a mixtape design showcase website. All the designs are hand-picked.

  6. Check out for daily mixtape inspiration!

  7. Yea these mixtape covers are not bad at all. Anyone lookng to hire a mixtape cover designer for work like this…chck out my portfolio. Just click my name

  8. for the latest in mixtape cover tutorials for photoshop. Will be updating it soon

  9. These are good but mainly for commercial mainstream rappers. If you like music about life and everyday living, rather than fake, guns and money music check out, also go to for matching album art/mixtape cover design

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