Steph Barnes
April 30, 2017 12:25 pm
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It’s that wonderful time of year again when college students will finally be rewarded for four long years of hard work. As the future world-changers prepare to walk across the stage and start new chapters in their lives, one really creative student is marking this moment by recreating iconic hip-hop album covers for his graduation photos.

Just a few weeks before graduation, Mark Phillips, a student at the University of North Texas, decided to pay homage to all the hip-hop greats who’ve inspired him and helped him stay focused throughout his college journey. We know just how powerful and motivating music can be during those long study sessions (and ridiculously hard workouts) — so we’re kind of obsessed with Phillips’ creations.

Scroll through to see all of his covers!

Phillips, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies next month, said it took him about a week to complete the photos. His friend, Affiong Harris, helped out with the editing to achieve the iconic looks. In an email exchange with Complex, Phillips said:

The covers show off some of the best that ever did it! We’re talking Queen Lauryn’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., 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, just to name a few.

Congrats, Mark! We’re wishing you nothing but the best for the future.

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