Going the overly literal route with his cover art is certainly nothing new for Busta Rhymes—the cover for his 1999 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) was a shot of New York blowing up, 2000′s Anarchy had a big circled “A” adorning its front, and 2001′s Genesis actually featured a photo of Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. (OK, not the last one, but you get the point.) No surprise, then, that the lead image for Year of the Dragon should just be a big-ass dragon terrorizing some soldiers and shit. You know, Game of Thrones is pretty big right now, everyone loves dragons, whatever. Not super-original, and more than a little bit cheesy, but no big deal.
The real problem with this album cover is that it doesn’t involve Busta in the slightest. I mean, how hard would it have been to superimpose his face on the dragon’s, or to give the dragon some old-school Busta dreads on his head (or new-school Busta mega-guns on his arms)? I mean, compare the Year of the Dragon cover to the current GOAT dragon album cover, Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen’s Trilogy:
I mean…no contest, right? What makes an artist look cooler, just a random, unrelated dragon burninating some villagers, or that artist fighting off the dragon with the righteousness of their guitar shredding? Amateur hour, Busta. We expect better from a veteran such as yourself.
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