This week, a new candidate emerged for the spot of hip-hop's fabled fifth element: The jigsaw puzzle. With a canny eye on the not-too-far-off Christmas season, the Boston-based Get On Down Records has released jigsaw versions of classic rap album covers by Biz Markie, Kool G Rap, Boogie Down Productions, Masta Ace, and Just-Ice. As a ruse, it will make for fine festive fun, but below we've suggested five potentially better — and way more difficult — album cover jigsaws for the true hip-hop junkie.
5. A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders
The cover to Tribe's third album is a much-loved piece of hip-hop iconography, incorporating the faces of many a cherished rap type in the background. It's a design that would work beautifully as an intricately-cut 5,000 piece puzzle. After all, only a particularly cranky puzzler would turn down the challenge of assembling MC Serch's face from over five separate pieces.