Andy Mineo and Lecrae‘s banned Been About It video is probably one of the BEST Hip-Hop videos we’ve ever seen, periodt. We’d even argue that it is a serious contender for Rap Video of The Year.
The video, which features spectacularly impeccable remakes of over 20 iconic rap album covers, was banned for copyright infringement, though it’s arguable that two are well within fair use license and presented a creative re-imagining of the art.
Lecrae, a native of Houston, and Andy Mineo from NY impeccably remake the covers of iconic hip-hop albums while paying homage to the love of vinyl. The video is a fun and riveting watch — take your eyes away for a second and you’ll miss one of the covers as they flash by.
My Top 5 cover remakes were: The Chronic, DMX, 50 Cent and Outkast, The College Drop (Kanye West). Check out these precise album cover remake screenshots.
I mean this aint no ‘we playin dress up’ running around with a video camera. The video, directed by Nathan Corrona for Dustbrand Films, did a masterful job of recreating the mood, lighting and intricate details of over 20 classic album cover artworks.
I mean checkout Lecrae with the Gumby haircut, with the daisy age flowers and the reflection in Pasdanous’ eyeglasses. That’s the beauty of album cover Art!
And look at the gold etching encircling the Kanye sad bear on this College Dropout cover remake. I mean, that could literally be Kanye in that sad bear suit, but it’s not — it’s Andy Minio.
Lecrae and Andy come through with artistry and boldness — something lacking in hip-hop today. It’s a shame the copyright issues mean the original artistic offering for Been About It will not be seen at this time.
Unstoppable, the duo took their banned video to the streets to get reactions from the fans. Check out the reaction video below. And if you’d like to see the original video, give us your email address we’ll hit you with it as soon as it becomes available.