First time I saw this on Facebook I thought, “this can not be his album cover!”, maybe it’s just some promo flyer or something – I refuse to believe it! Jeeeez! [What is this?]
That was before I saw it hanging in the Silverbird Lifestyle store window last night at the Accra Mall!
As a photographer who is very much into contemporary music and as much as I do not like everything Lynx Entertainment puts out; I believe in their movement. In the same, I am assuming; meticulous way they analyse their music during production, they need to be that particular about the way they package it for our consumption too!
On first look it is obvious our man Richie needs a stylist; let me break it down to you, before you think I am just being a bitch; [I don’t care even if you think, I am]
*** Let’s take the typography: there are 4 different fonts fighting to be noticed on the cover. 3 of them are in 2 logos, so we’ll excuse those, but the album title “U.K.N.R.” is a black typewriter type font with a red outer glow or something – I know the colour scheme is Red & Black (& maybe Silver?), but c’monnnnn! How can the “graphic artist” place black text over a predominantly black coloured area?! [huh??] The font is also too basic for the image, I’m assuming Richie is trying to portray.
*** Check out opana’s outfit! He looks like a cross between Willy Wonka, a pimp and R. Kelly in his “Pied Piper” days!
*** First off…! If you’re going to wear a t-shirt with a graphic front; pose in such a way we can see what’s on the t-shirt. [Not that posture you have on there…]
*** In this case, do not wear it at all, your “pleather” checked jacket already has too much going on for the t-shirt to come fight a losing battle to try & get noticed. [He seems to be wearing this jacket since last year till date… Why?]
*** Is it just me or it looks like the jacket is a tad bit too small? [It’s not just only you, everyone noticed] The cuffs are almost halfway up your forearms! [Get a Stylist, braaa]
*** Your choice of jewellery is just something else! [Is that a Copper or Gold chain?] Did you really have to wear all that? I’m sure it would have been “OK” without them gloves.
*** As for the gloves, I shall not even go there! [In this hot Sub-Saharan African weather & gloves? Oooowwhoooo]
Anyway Richie, I hope you think my critique is justified? If not, my bad.
Holler at me if you want to redo it, otherwise I’m offering to do Zigi, OJ Blaq or Asem’s cover FOR FREE!
It’s all love, get at me Lynx Entertainment!
NOTE: In case someone out there thinks I shouldn’t have written this, I’ll say, I am voicing an opinion, you do not have to accept it. Please feel free to critique my work – that’s how I grow!