50 Cent is Iron Man in these comic book cover reissues of hip hop classics

Rappers turn superhero as classic rap albums get reissued with Marvel comic book art.

Despite Luke Cage being cancelled over the weekend by Netflix, it seems ties between the Marvel universe and the world of hip hop remain strong with the re-release of classic rap albums featuring comic book cover art that see the likes of 50 Cent replaced by Iron Man.

The albums getting the reissue treatment include 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin' and LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out, with the latter rapper swapped out for hardcore vigilante The Punisher.


Cover to Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

Mama Said Knock You Out

The covers were originally released as special hip hop variants to various Marvel comics back in 2015, and are appearing for the first time in musical form across three releases in total, each being released on vinyl this December by UMG imprint Urban Legends.

The limited variants are being released at 5000 copies each, with 3000 put out for deluxe collector's editions that come with double colour vinyl, the original comic that featured the artwork and a 3D lenticular print of the cover.

The other classic hip hop album being released as part of the series is Liquid Swords (above) by GZA, member of Wu Tang Clan, the classic hip hop troupe that's seen various of its members appear on Luke Cage (and one of whom, RZA, directed an episode of related Marvel show Iron Fist).

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