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Album covers may never be the same again thanks to artist and animator Darryl Sharp Jr.

Through the power of social media, Sharp found a unique way to express his love for hip-hop by creating breathtaking animated recreations of his favorite album covers. Take a deep dive through his Twitter and Instagram and you’ll find a plethora of album covers turned into Harry Potter-esque living portraits but with corresponding singles and short-but-sweet vivid video animations.

For example, an animation of Frank Ocean‘s Blonde shows the crooner’s original cover – a blonde haired Frank covering his wet face – then brings it to life by having the enigmatic singer suddenly look up.

Sharp’s work ranges from classic hip-hop projects including Outkast‘s Stankonia and Kanye West‘s polarizing 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak to more recent work from Tyler, the Creator‘s Flower Boy and JAY Z‘s 4:44. 

With such a positive response from fans, could we see a transition into more “living album covers?” Since most music is bought digitally these days, this creative tool take artists artwork to the next level. Physical booklets were fun, but animated artwork is the future.

Take a look at Darryl Sharp’s work below and see for yourself.

album cover animation "scary hours" EP by @champagnepapi

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album cover animation "stankonia" by @outkast

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album cover animation "american gangster" by jay-z

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album cover animation "laugh now, fly later" by @wizkhalifa

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album cover animation "take me apart" by @kelelam

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album cover animation "syre" by @c.syresmith @msftsrep

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album cover animation "Dedication 6" by @liltunechi @youngmoneymerch

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album cover animation "808s & Heartbreak" by #kanyewest

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Words by Kyle Hodge
Staff Writer

New York based writer that pops flavor and drips sauce.

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