LAD Recreates Rap Album Covers For His Graduation Pictures
Once a year we all get treated to a plethora of graduation photos. There's a few options to take when uploading a snap from the ceremony, but it's usually throwing mortar boards in the air that prevail.
Because of this, any sense of originality in the post has gone. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I don't think anyone has gone through a full degree just for a few Facebook likes (that's a lie, someone definitely has), but you have to do something pretty special to stand out from the rest.
University of North Texas student Mark Phillips thought about that and in the build up to receiving his diploma took to Instagram to show off his graduation celebrations.
Instead of going for the mortar board throw, or on stage selfie, he edited himself into numerous rap album artworks and got it spot on.
He recreated Kendrick Lamar's Damn, Logic's The Incredible True Story, Drake's Nothing Was the Same, Big Sean's I Decided, as well as J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive and 4 Your Eyez Only, managing to employ equal amounts of laughter and genuine impressiveness.
Have a scroll through...
I wanted to be creative with these graduation pictures while also thanking a few of my favorite artists. (S/o to Aff for taking these @cleanuniform)So I recreated their album covers with me graduating on them :joy::fire:. These artists kept me focused and inspired to stay on the right path while accomplishing the goals I set for myself through their music and words. Thanks for all the inspiration and creativity (SCROLL to see them all guys!) @realcoleworld @bigsean @brysontiller @logic301 @kendricklamar @champagnepapi @chancetherapper @ms_laurynhill
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"I felt like these artists and their music were a strong part in keeping me motivated to graduate," he told Complex.
"Not only that, but my job as a video creator has been hard to balance with being a full time student. So their music really has kept me inspired to keep pushing towards my goals."
It took him and a friend about a week to get the photos spot on, which seems like pretty good going. Mark will receive his Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) next month, where he'll take all the soppy, traditional pictures for his parents and what not. On-the-mantelpiece type shit.
"I didn't tell my mom about these pictures at first. I knew she'd be happy, but secretly she would want some regular ones to send to my family," he said.
"So I took some regular ones for my family and these for my creative side/for the artists, for lack of a better term."
Watch everyone try this, now...
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Mark Phillips