Marvel can't leave rap alone; the fans need it. In addition to rebooting its entire slate of comics after the end of Secret Wars this fall, the House of Ideas now plans on releasing a collection of hip-hop-inspired variant covers that riff on some of the greatest rap albums of the last 30 years.
Marvel is no stranger to hip-hop culture
"For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso in a forthcoming release. "Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces." Indeed, Marvel has already featured hip-hop artists prominently in its pages, most recently with the Run the Jewels variant covers it released for Howard the Duck and Deadpool. Eminem even teamed up with the Punisher back in 2009.
Today's 11 covers are just a sample of the more than 50 upcoming variants, and they feature the likes of Spider-Man on the cover of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders and Doctor Strange on Dr. Dre's The Chronic. Take a look:
- Spider-Man and Deadpool are Eric B. and Rakim on Paid in Full
- Squirrel Girl as Tyler, the Creator on Wolf
- Squadron Supreme as Wu-Tang Clan on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
- Sam Wilson as A$AP Rocky on Long.Live.A$AP
- Kamala Khan as Lauryn Hill on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
- Iron Man as 50 Cent on Get Rich or Die Tryin
- Howard the Duck as Ol' Dirty Bastard in Return to the 36 Chambers
- The Extraordinary X-Men as De La Soul on 3 Feet High and Rising
- Doctor Strange as Dr. Dre on The Chronic
- Ant-Man as The Notorious B.I.G. on Ready to Die
- The Amazing Spider-Man on A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders
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