How to Make a Rap CD Cover

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How to Make a Rap CD Cover
An effective cover will really help promote your rap CD. (cd image by Richard villalon from

An effective rap CD cover can make all the difference when it comes to getting your demo in the right hands. First impressions are everything. If the cover to your hardcore gangster rap CD is a 10-year-old photo of you as a cub scout, you're not likely to be taken very seriously. Make sure that your cover accurately conveys both the content of your music and the image that you want to project as a rapper.

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Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Computer
  • Photo editing software
  • Color printer

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  1. 1

    Take several photos of the yourself depicting the image that you want to project as a rapper. Make sure the pictures are not blurry or obscured. Any blemishes will be apparent on the CD cover and diminish the overall effect

  2. 2

    Upload the best photo to your computer. The photo should be the one that most conveys the overall intent of the CD. If the artist is rapping about champagne and diamonds, you do not want a photo of him wearing clothes from a thrift shop.

  3. 3

    Edit the picture using photo editing software. Rap CDs can be either very dark or awash with vibrant colours. Depending on the content of the album, you can use the photo editing software to swap in whatever palette you choose. Remember, a CD containing songs about the harsh realities of street life is more likely to have a dark cover with blacks and greys, while a rap CD about the high life will have a colourful cover.

  4. 4

    Create your rapper's logo. You can import an existing file or use the photo editing software to place a text box anywhere on the CD cover. The most common location is at the top. Use a flashy font like "Chiller" or "Impact." Generic scripts like "Courier" or "Times New Roman" look dull and get lost among the rest of the visuals.

  5. 5

    Print the new rap CD cover out on a good thick paper or card stock (if you can afford it). You want to be sure that the completed image is the proper size to fit in the jewel case, so cut it down to the appropriate size. Use a paper cutter to avoid jagged edges. Once you're finished, it's time to get your CD out into the world. With a little luck and an eye-catching cover, you'll be on your way.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a laserjet printer if possible for heavier paper or card stock since deskjet printers tend to smear the ink.
  • Put a warning label in the bottom right-hand corner of the cover image if your CD contains explicit language.

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