Comparing two Cd’s Essay
Comparing two Cd’s
Nelly produced 2 CD’s called Sweat and Suit. He then made the combination of the two using both CD covers to make one. On the Sweat Cd he portrays himself as a cool gangster. He’s wearing a white beeney hat and a white vest, giving him the image of a sexy, muscular and strong man. The shades and jewellery is giving us an idea that maybe he is an expensive person and loves his money. Also he comes across as if you ever put him on an auction block he wouldn’t be sold because he is priceless.
The clouds behind him give him the impression that maybe his music does have much of a meaning to him, or it could be implying that during the day he is more of a chilled and relaxed sort of person. Unlike the Sweat CD the Suit backdrop seems to be of a street, which could be implying that maybe his music is more down to earth, and has a lot of meaning, and maybe this is when he gets in his zone and feels the happiest. I also get this impression from his clothes. He is looks more sophisticated, important and in control of everything, just because he is wearing a smart but casual black suit.
He still keeps the bling and the hat though as though image is still one of the moist important things to him. These two images of him give us the idea that he might have a split personality, depending on who is around. The neon Nelly attracts your attention almost immediately because of the colour used. This I think is a tactic so his name can get stuck in you head. It also gives the cover a look of a casino or club, giving the cover a welcoming feel. This is different from the Sweat cover because his face grabs your attention first not his name and, his name blends more into the background and is of the same sort of colours.
His facial expression on both CD covers and the main one, comes across as mean and serious, as though he is some one that shouldn’t be messed with. I think it is a good idea that he has joined both CD covers because instead of just seeing one side of him you can see him as one. This way you can find out whether your assumptions were right or wrong, or whether you can find out anything more about him. The Sweat Suit is very clever as they have brought both the Sweat and the Suit faces to make one.
The composition is cunning as well because they have made the face the centre, and main feature of the CD instead of making it smaller and shunting it to one side like they did on the other two albums. This is good because it grabs your attention immediately and stands out. The typography on his hat is like someone who has maybe graffito it and has also made it look gangster. Compared to the Nelly, Prince comes across very differently. Instead of having to guess what he meant by his title he basically spelt it out for you on the CD cover. Everything about it is different; the colours, the graphology and typography.
On his Controversy CD he has made himself the centre of attention, but he has made himself small enough so you can see the background, which ties in with the title. He is wearing very 80’s style clothing with a marching jacket, a bow tie, a shirt and waistcoat. The colours are very bland and not very exciting, although there are some studs and a brooch attached to the jacket. This shows that maybe they didn’t have as much money in those days to spend lavishly or that coloured peoples music wasn’t as recognised as it is today. The background is made up of newspaper clippings to do with god and whether you should believe in him or not.
This was, and still is going on. Everyone says that you should believe in one type of god and if it isn’t his or her god then you are a non-believer. I think this is one of the things he uses as an icon for himself, because it shows that maybe he does a lot towards spreading gods word, or showing everyone that god exists or not. The typography is in big bold writing so it stands out and you can read it easily. Prince is coloured in pink, and is positioned away from the image of him in the top right hand corner, right out of the way. His Emancipation Cd however is very different.
It was only made ten yrs later but it is more alive and colourful. The composition is set out in a very clever and crafty way. In the centre of the CD cover is a picture of an elaborate male sex sign surrounded by chains. At the bottom of the cover there are two fists held up in the air. These could be symbolising either someone punching their fists up in the air because they know that they are now free, or they could be putting them up as if to get arrested. The fiery colours in the background could be expressing the persons feeling of anger or stress.
During the last 30 decades I think the popularity of black solo artists has increased no matter what style of music it is. I also think that focus of black artists back then was not just on them but what the music is about. Unlike today where it just seems to be about the person and how cool and great they look. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.
University/College: University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 13 November 2017
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