Which Photo is Better A or B? [Sir Mix-A-Lot Album Cover]

A while back I had Grammy Award Winner, Sir Mix-A-lot on chasejarvisLIVE. The guy is smart – dropped some pretty serious knowledge on the show [here’s the re-watch if you missed it].

At the end of the show, I shot the cover for his upcoming album, live, online. Here are the results.

The lead one that shows his face is my fav, but there’s plenty of debate, because the other shot is tough and mysterious. I’ll resist the temptation to make any real case for one or the other, and I’ll let this is a straight up survey – which photo do you like better A (top) or B (bottom)? (please answer in the post, not via other social channels so we don’t have to chase your feedback – thx!)

Here is photo A:

Here is photo B:

So which is better??

Thanks for your input.

||And if you missed it: Here’s the chasejarvisLIVE episode with Mix||

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David says:

B for me as well. They;re both stunning examples of black and white pictures! Great stuff!

Ron B says:

A well suits him.

chris says:

B. I don’t care about seeing his face, just what comes out of it.

Janek says:

B: It offers a story that makes me ask questions – mystery – a candid glimpse of this more intimate moment.

emerson says:

A; it shows the face.

Erick Bech says:

Photographically I really enjoy B and it is a better photo.
But for an album cover A is the right choice. It reads like a Sir Mix-A-Lot album cover.

George Lee says:

Though the (A) photo has the telltale signs of what makes any portrait a good one (the well-lit facial expression, the ever-present but anonymous booty-beauty that solidifies what the subjects daily grind is all about), the height and crop of of photo (B) gets me every time. its my favorite style of landscape oriented portrait; the one that looks like a still from a very important piece of film that is centered the subject. Granted, while the (A) photo may be considered by most as “technically” correct, photo (B) has a cinematic quality that cannot be denied. I think it would have worked a bit better with the model being in the same stance and respective point in the frame as on the first photo, but nevertheless, I like the second photo a lot more.

George says:

Though the (A) photo has the telltale signs of what makes any good portrait a good one (the well-lit facial expression, the ever-present but anonymous booty-beauty that solidifies what the subjects daily grind is all about), the height and crop of of photo (B) gets me every time. its my favorite style of landscape oriented portrait; the one that looks like a still from a very important piece of film about the subject. Granted, while the (A) photo may be considered by most as “technically” correct, photo (B) has a cinematic quality that cannot be denied.

jane dagmi says:

A
less info is more. A is direct. B confuses. the situation photo-ed in A is intriguing enough for me. I’ll make up my own story to go along with it.

Antonino says:

B.

Love the intensity in the eyes, the glass covering the face creating intrigue, and the fingers engaging the viewer with the pointing.

Tom says:

I would say B for the front, and A for the back of the album.

HP says:

A is better photo, because of lighting.

In photo A light coming from right creates nice effect on guys hat. In B light source from top falling on hat ruins it for me.

Also, in A the girls face is in dark and thus it is all about the guy (mafia?) who looks womanizer.

But in B you can see some of girls face, which creates distraction photos main subject (the guy)? It raises question who is she? Girlfriend? Whore? Mother? Which is distraction.

LD says:

Mother. For sure.

Take the girl from A and drop her in on the B image of Mix-A-Lot and you’ll have a classic shot that will be interesting for years to come. The facial expression in A is ok but nothing special.

BTW: This was a great idea to have viewers weigh in on the two shots.

Micah Olson says:

B…It creates more emotion.

Mark Bandeira says:

“A” for sure… Not only it has more “character”, but also it has more of HIS “character”…

ML says:

Not that it matters at this late point, but I just saw the story.

My first reaction to B was that it looked like he had fingers up his nose. After I scanned the reviews and someone said it was a glass I had to go back and look – and NOW I see it is a wine glass. But it isn’t very defined and is a position on his face that it isn’t clear at first. I guess if you want people guessing and having to look hard at the image to tell what it is, then it is OK.

JC says:

i would go for B

Shilo Watts says:

Both are equally great depending on what the original assignment was based on the client’s objective. I choose the photo that was chosen because of the mood of the client at the time the client looked at each photo… Both are equally impressive!

Personally, my favorte is B! ;-)

Pamela says:

A is better by far, cleaner and more pwerful. A draws you right into his face with open hands and head tilt capturing your attention and then sending your eye along their diagonal lines off to the girl in the corner. Girl is also better in A. Girl’s shirt and face are a distraction in B, as is the clutter on his desk, because of the higher and wider angle in B.

adita says:

“A” for sure

Paolo says:

A: Hands, eyes, girl’s bottom: simple, smart…and efficient image too!! It will work…

Idoww Asumah says:

Hi,

I think “A” is a better option, its a bit more personal & inviting. I would however have preferred if the lady turned her face to the left slightly to catch sum light.

louie says:

I like picture A the best.

Nathan Mills says:

Both A & B

the composition in A works while the lighting in B is better – highlights on his hat and the girl are lit better

combination of both

if i had to pick one it would be A the light can be edited

my 2 cents

MIchael says:

B !

Peter says:

A is better. His face, more communicative pose.

gadget_gurl says:

A. the album is about him, not the bootylicious babe in the corner.

mishel says:

will choose A as it has more depth, but make the “background subject” more subtle to make the subject clearer

Kerry James says:

I have to agree with Steve But that was not the question of the two A is the shot.

aphile says:

B fo sho!

steve says:

A – with the girl from B. Dont like the bare back and loss of facial detail on the girl in A.

Daf says:

A – His face/eyes pull me into the photo more.

If composition allows – I’d probably try to reduce the black space above/below. Not sure it would be possible though – you certainly want Sir Mix-a-lot in the centre.

musixman007 says:

LIke B and I cannot lie…………

Michael Mckibbin says:

B with woman from a composited into the shot

Bruce Press says:

I have to go with B. The position of the right hand makes it almost disappear in A and I found that bothersome, I had to look to make sure it was there. Something about the female models position in B where you have a little more of the ear and face, I find more appealing as well.

Anonymous says:

I would have to go with A as well

David Ford says:

B leaves more to the imagination. Powerful eyes and a glassful of mystery. The microphone, ties the model in nicely with Sir. The jacket is a nice touch of sophistication.

A is a Sir pose – fun and goofing around as a player. B is deeper and more serious which would be more appealing to a more mature audience it seems he’s intent on reaching.

I really like both but see B as a comeback image of sorts. Well done.

John Caetano says:

I prefer B….Like the lighting better on the girl and the picture just grabs me more.

Kevin Osmond says:

A for the cover, i think its shows the face where sales are generated by what people recognize which is MIX face.
and i would change the girl from B and put it into A.. i think she looks better for my taste.

B itself is a stronger image if you crop it more and take out the first. and it sort of become a symmetry shot, and become more artistic. however its not Mix a lot branding to be more arty fartsy and it makes him more of a gangster rapper which hes not… as a cover we want his look everyone recognize the crude and sexuality imagery we all know.

Overall the girl in both of the image is kind of distracting, i would probly move her closer to mix, than having her outside of the shot.

Catherine says:

I like the light on his face and the way it catches the rim of his hat.

I like his frank, confident expression in A.

I like the stuff on the table, although if the camera had been a smidge higher it would have held more interest as it’s impossible to read what it is, it’s a little too crushed by the perspective.

What I don’t like is the inclusion of the girl – it seems like kind of a porny take on his biggest hit, really obvious, living in the the past, and she’s just sort of plonked there, it’s like she’s just a cipher saying I LIKE BIG BUTTS, REMEMBER ME?!?!?, other than that no-one seems to know what she’s doing there, including mix. It’s humourless and slightly creepy. And you’re totally destroying the forward-thinking, “I’m quite smart as well as being badass actually” image you’ve so carefully constructed with the table. Also, visually, it’s just too much, her ass competes with his face. And now I have some sort of weird ass/face contest taking place in my mind.

Sorry. You know I still love you x

Ali says:

B with the girl from A

James Divers says:

I like photo A better. The lighting is more interesting and his pose shows the artist’s face which is most important for an album cover.

David Giral says:

That’s an easy one:
– put both images on a separate layer
– take Sir Mix Alot from image A
– take the girl from image B
Simple, easy and creative ;-)

Eric Calabros says:

B is catastrophe… so A

Jberryphoto says:

Hey Chase I like the Sir Mix Alot in the first shot better(A) but I think the girl looks better in the Second shot(B)

Hara Kumaran says:

B.

A is good, but it’s way more of a typical Hip-Hop album cover shot. B is a little different, and catches the attention of a casual browser way more.

Bruce Levine says:

tough one. A is good and should be the one because it’s about promotion and fans need to see the face. But i choose B because of the mystery and it’s a more interesting picture – which will capture more attn in the end

A

the man is more important, his face, his light in the B option I don`t see nothing

grettings

Alberto
From Spain

Megan Alter says:

A. It’s showing me something, telling me something. Making me wonder who that guy is. The other is easier to dismiss and not think about..

Angela says:

B – I like the mystery thats created by the glass and lighting. Also I know it’s weird but in A, I keep looking at her elbow

Steve says:

B makes him look larger then life and untouchable.

DAVIDE says:

A because i think there’s more hidden relation between the observer and the subject. it makes me thing on why i’m there with the boss and what are we talking about… B does’t do that effect to me

CWDaly says:

I like B, but not such a fan of the eyes in that version

CWDaly

Anjel says:

B.
Much more fitting for an album cover. i prefer the girl without the fur, but that aside i still think B is more mysterious and will probably help sell records more then A.

michael says:

i pick B, the reason is

1. it’s an album cover so it has to stand out from the rest on the album racks on the store.
2. because it’s mysterious people will be more likely to pick it up and look
3. because it’s juxtaposition between the main subject and female model and also the props is out of the ordinary will likely to increase it’s chances to be picked up.
4. even though it may seem there’s many distractions in the shot…but says who perfection sells. human being is imperfect in every sense and that’s why i like it.

Jabari says:

B is the best shot. Did no one notice the semi-wedgy in the girl’s ass though? I hope that is edited out before being released!

Just another says:

B. Not so obvious, much more mystery.

NO way to make a clear decision here of course … i love his eyes on B, but over all he is more present in A. but … as this is no discussion thread but a A or B, i´ll take A! ;)

Jim says:

B Brings you into the photo. His hands are in the shape of a heart, and there is a white heart in the bottom of the glass.

Mari says:

I prefer A – it is nicer, when the face is more important, than the a## :)
Also, the portrait opens more the person.

mr B says:

B , better back lighting on the woman, and more balanced image and it seems almost more sylized. plus the desk is level !

Hakon says:

Hi,

First, thanks for sharing this with us…

I must say B, just love the eyes!

Becks says:

I prefer the idea of B, but if I didn’t see A before I’d have no idea it’d be his hands in front of his face. Well it would’ve taken me a second to see, which is too long if I’m browsing CDs. So I pick A. Not too crazy about A though. The hand is too close to the butt and reminds me of spanking.

If his eyes were brighter in B, I’d pick it in a heartbeat.

tlaw says:

I believe both images are strong, but here’s my question, what’s his album like? I think the message/tone/feel of the album will, and should, play a major role in the album image.

My interpretation of the images and perhaps what the album would sound like:

Image A – “This is me, Sir Mix-A-Lot. Love me, or hate me, this is me. But this is what you’ve come to know about me.”
Image B – “I got something new and totally different to drop on you. You’re gonna lose your sh*t when you hear this. This isn’t the Sir Mix-A-Lot you know.”

$0.03

Sean says:

“A” has my vote. I like both but the clear visual on his face and the shirt in on the model in “B” is distracting to me.

Joey says:

B is cool, but I say A because you see it and immediately know who it is. It’s Mix!

jeroen says:

Go with B. make it a much tighter crop, with Sir left of center, loose 1/3 of the girl.
A is a bit more predictable in my opinion

Both pics are cool, though

Ben says:

Go with B. The girl with the bootie is almost too obvious of a choice, but only almost. The lighting is more dramatic in B, and the glass, without hiding the fact that the subject of the pic is Sir Mix-a-Lot, adds drama and a more stunning element to the pic.

bimal nair says:

Absolutely undoubtedly B. Theres style, story and freshness to B. A looks so like commonplace cheap art.

Neil says:

I never thought I will say this, but take out the girl in both pictures. Then both the pictures are stronger. The girl distracts you and is a little detached from the subject. And then I will say B. But with the girl, A. (Sorry I know you didn’t ask for critique. But maybe if she was sitting on the table.)

Evan says:

After watching Sir Mix-A-lot on chasejarvisLIVE, I’d have to say photo A. To me it its got more of the feel of what he was portraying. It’s kind of like he’s laying it out for you including a model portraying the ” I like big butts” from previous. Photo B kind of looks a little too abusive to his character for me. Looks as if he’s evil and she looks pissed like he just used her for her ass.

then again that’s my opinion.

Hope A wins

Abel says:

Photo A because he’s the main subject of the photo and not the girl.

Daniel says:

B, definitely

Rory Lindsay says:

There are some unanswered questions here. What is this guy doing at the table, exactly? It has some paper and objects on it. Is it a desk? He has some wine. He likes wine. Is he a wine mercahnt? The lighting is very unnatural. He’s being lit from low down, to one side. Is it an open fireplace or something? OK so now who’s the girl? What is she doing? Why is she wearing a bikini? Is that open fire so hot? Maybe she is warming her derriere. If so warm, then why is he wearing a hat and coat, indoors, after dark? Maybe he has the flu. In picture B she sheems to have donned a fleecy jacket, and now has a glass of wine. Maybe there is a chilly draught in the room now and she needs to warm up a bit after all that standing around semi-naked, after dark, indoors.

Needlessly-misogynistic, worse-than-substandard faux-gangster cliche-ridden bullshit, Chase. You should know better.

Joe van Doe says:

Jepp, the girl from A and the Sir from B.
In B is the girl to much eye-catcher and A is not “gangster”-enough…

raoul says:

Use Mix from A but the woman and framing from B.

Definitely go for A. A much better balanced composition. He’s bigger in the frame, and the whole look attracts much more attention. I think it would sell the album better….

AngelaVL says:

I like elements of both – tough one …but in the end, I’d choose A: It “say’s” Mix-A-Lot.

Thomas Graf says:

I prefer A !
with one look you get everything in the picture. i like as well the expression and pose of him.
On B you have to look twice or three times to separate the Hands, the Glass and the face.

JW says:

Each of the pictures have their own unique story. I would say that the photo that best reflects the vibe of the album is the winner. Connect the visual to the audio, let the whole package be cohesive to communicate the emotion(s) that the artist is looking to convey. Do the tunes have a more personal viewpoint? Then A. If it’s more brooding and dark, then B.

Sean says:

A. Brand recognition.

bradbell.tv says:

B is better.

A has a lot of lines directing the viewers gaze to the woman’s butt. A is the safe, boring shot.

B focusses energy on the symmetry of the glass/hands/face/hat. The glass is, as David Lynch says, very fast.
Even with fur and a face, it’s easier not to be drawn away from the focus of the image in B.

Dave P says:

meant wine glass is NOW a repeating form

Dave P says:

I actually like A better because you can see his face and the perspective is closer in. THE PROBLEM with this is that it is TOO much one note about Baby Got Back….her butt…his cupping positioned hands.

Photo B takes me to a new place. The wine glass is not a repeating form on her hour-glass figure and he is showing off some new mystery in his eyes…..The mic is not one for singing, but rather a talk program. A little more intrigue & dimension.

Michael says:

I prefer A as this is MixALots style. b os too dark

Ofir Abe says:

i like B better.
it’s less Posed and more intriguing.
i think it can be cropped and zoomed in on top of hat till the bottom part of the wrists for other elements of the cover like the graphics on the CD itself.
this could be iconic.

Definitely B for me. It’s just graphically more pleasing – although the panties are literally in a bunch!

Fredrik Pilo says:

A – I like the open hands, that gives more story for me at least.

Cris says:

A is better pic for inside jacket, B is more interesting and would make a better cover.

Herve says:

A for the expression. Feels more open, in touch, communicating with the viewer..
BUT
I defenetly prefer the girl on B. Sexy AND elegant, instead of just sexy (which is exciting but at some point pretty miserable).
Therefore, A + B, Photoshop is your friend!!

Erry says:

I prefer B, it’s not a straight ahead photo shot. Let the reader enjoy the photo, at first the girl (white area) & then the mysterious face with the glass.
Btw, what is the album title? It should be related with it….

Daniel Snare says:

Love both pics however I think B will sell more albums than A. However I think the women in B pulls my eye that way a little too much

As usual epic work Chase!

Chad Zuber says:

Hands down, “A” is the best choice.

Peter says:

A is better.
More focus on Him
Wine glass in B distorts him.

Greg says:

A
The face is engaging. My eye is drawn to faces – don’t think I’m alone in that. (Of course my eye is also drawn elsewhere, but you get the point…)

Sova says:

Definitely the first one as you can clearly see his face. The second is interesting and makes a nice artful shot, but since this is for a commercial CD cover I’d go with the one that clearly shows the artist.

ronen says:

A for me.

Glass covers to much of the face in B, it is a very interesting image, though for me there is something that doesn’t gel with the image of the girl in the background, they feel too much like two separate images stuck together.
With A then both portions of the image communicate much more together, and with the visual imagery of this specific music al scene

Shane Parker says:

B without hesitation, way more drama. Though it would be a little better with a little more light on his face.

Andrés Torres says:

I prefer A

Sandy Gennrich says:

I strongly prefer A (though personally I’d also like the booty toned down a smidge in A). I prefer the girl in B. I like the lighting on her better in B and I like that the camera is further away from her. However, I prefer the conversation he’s having in A. It’s more engaging and seems to match his personality better. B is too cluttered in the main subject. I don’t mind the intrigue, but it seems messy.

brent says:

If there was a splash of light on her face in A then I would be all over it…

So I choose neither if I cant have it my way…

:)

Joseph Cote says:

I like the man’s face in A, although a bit cheesy, but the lighting on the woman in B.

Dean Golja says:

B, but only if you cropped square around the subject. The lighting, hat and the wine glass make the composition. His attitude is pretentious but maybe that’s what you want. And what on earth is that women doing there with her arse hanging out. Is that necessary?

randy anaya says:

b

Paul Songy says:

“A” all the way

Ted Vieira says:

At first glance I thought “A,” without hesitation. BUT, the more I looked at them “B” became my favorite choice. More interesting story in that photo.

Aleksart says:

Photo A.
Too much focus on the girl in the B.

Markus Anthony says:

B since I’ve seen Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s photos over the decades with the same look in A. B would be something different for once ;)

Luis says:

I think A is more expressive and powerful

Scott Cejka says:

Going with B, just the eyes. He’s a legend, you don’t need to see his face to know who he is..especially with the booty shot next to him. It kind of says to me, “You know who I am already, you don’t need anymore than what I give you” However, I do like the girl from A better, not keen on the fur and showing the face…I think just his eyes and the booty. Everything else draws away from those.

Will Walker says:

Photo A. It just screams Sir-Mix-A-Lot. I like the anonymity of the booty.

Jim says:

Better image? B – for the very reason that he’s just barely secondary to the woman, but the comp and those bad-ass eyes in B draw you right back to him anyway. A is just more conventional. We’ve been there, done that. And the headless booty in A is a little creepy. Give us B.

Which one makes the better album cover? Who knows. Let’s hear it!

Lori says:

B def, but something other than the girl = she needs to go or be cropped out.

Erin says:

A – I love the eye contact in it.

Moto says:

I must have been staring at these for a good 20 minutes before i realised the guys hands had moved! ;o)

Both good shots OFC, but a very different message coming out of both.

For me, A wins but thats based on it conveying more of Sir Mix’s persona. To my knowledge, he’s not a gangsta rapper or some hardcore pimp / pusher, so the agressive edge on B’s pose says the wrong thing about the subject. I could be wrong ofc, he might be a low down dirty MoFo :o) B would work for Dre, Eminem et al but for me, the I’s go to the A

Moto

Looking at this from the marketing standpoint for what would sell and capture the artist on the cover of his album / promo / web / social media / act. The clear choice is A because you can see his face. Its proven that a face draws the viewer in longer. I believe that as a photo the B photo is pretty great and would be a fitting insert (for those who still buy CD’s or Vinyl) or for supplemental art on a website.

Let me know if this is what you were going for.

Cheers!
Justin

Sojian says:

B for an album cover

Hamed says:

Woman’s “Light & Style”: A
Man’s Light: A
Man’s Style : B
————————-
Final: A

J West says:

B is way too busy around his face. I can’t even tell what all that business is. A is much more clean. A is the clear winner.

Like Sir Mix-A-lot best in “A” but not the bikini model – she looks skanky and cheap. If you could composite the bikini model in “B” into the “A” image, that’d get my vote.

France Freeman says:

Hi Chase, Loved the Live vid and watching the whole process from start to finish. The interview and behind the scenes interactions were fascinating, and as always, brilliant pics!!!

For a cover, my vote would definitely be for A, what I like to call The Godfather. It still has dramatic lighting but I really love his expression and gesture, it’s confident, powerful and pulls you right in (as a good Godfather should). And I think the girl looks great I but also played on my own and switched her out with the furry vest version which doesn’t over power this shot, as it does the B shot.

As for B, I love the mystery and intensity but I think the brighter bikini and vest are overpowering the scene. I played again switching out just the model for the version with no vest think they work better together, both fading individuals fading into darkness and a more even weight to the scene, And as someone else mentioned, I agree that she could even be removed and all the attention brought to Mix and his intense gaze. I think this shot would make a complimentary back cover or insert to the cover shot.

So yeah, A, it screams Sir Mix-A-Lot, but of today, not of yesterday.

Will Warr says:

Photo A. photo b has too much going on with the glass directly in front of his face, and the womans jacket. photo is has a sweet ass composition.

Ricky says:

Prefer “A” maybe because of the open palms by Sir Mix-A-Lot that seems like invitng me to the room or table or journey or ride

Decasteljau says:

I prefer B.

I don’t like his expression on A, too neutral.

Jorge says:

I like A better.. My attention goes to the girl on B, and Sr M-a-L completely disappears for me.. maybe a mix of both would be good.. with the mystery of Sr M-a-L on B, but with the subtlety of the girl in A.. let’s photoshop!

Chris says:

I have to vote for A. I love the symmetry of B with his eyes and hands and the glass but who is that person?
In A, the way he’s looking at you and his hands are saying “Check this out behind me.. What’s not to like?!” :)

Neil Binkley says:

B for me, plus the woman from A (seems more distracting to see her face). B is much more dramatic to me, A is what I’d expect to see, and Sir M is better than that, right? I’ve come to expect more from the author of “Baby Got Back”.

I’d even be curious to see B with just Mix-a-lot. More like an indie rock band cover or a Scorcese film.

Tim Skipper says:

I like the man’s face in A and the look of the girl in B. Combine the two and make a great C option.

Adam says:

A.

It was a though decision though as B was awesome, but A was clear and I don’t like the fur in B.

Joan says:

A. 100% sure. The other is not bad at all but distracting!!

Tim P says:

B: The woman is posed better, and the mysterious pose of the rapper works better with the black & white colors and overall mystique .
The B photo begs for further attention, maybe photo A could become its continuation in the inner sleeve or somewhere.
B is the mysterious invite and A reveals the face one you open up the sleeve

Brian Boing says:

As they are I like “A”, but I think I would like “B” better if it were cropped in tight to emphasize the eyes more. The photos show two distinct sides of this artist. Maybe use both…one for the A-side and the other for the B-side of the cover (but I would crop “B” down)

Igor Furnas says:

Definitely B. The mysterious look captured my attention in a more engaging way than the first.

Jon says:

further, I think that if you decide to use B, perhaps (and this will bother many), a tighter crop on SMAL, and drop the girl altogether. Yeah…I know….BOOOO!

Dave says:

A – the fur distracts from the subject. That being said if I had taken either of them I’d be pretty freakin’ happy.

Dan Penton says:

Love A because you can see his face. Both are incredible works!

Jon says:

A is my preference.

For some reason, I had to look at B several times before I realized that SMAL was holding a wine glass. There’s something about the shapes created by his hands and the glass that makes it visually confusing.

My $.02.

Jon

alfred says:

My pick is A simply because it shows more of Sir Mixalot and her ass is a lot more perky than in the second photo. As a consumer, it’d allow me to recognize his face a lot easier, which would probably result in a quicker sale.

However, if it were a personal choice without any need to market or sell a product, I’d pick B because the image pulls me in more. The lighting treatment is perfect, the rimlight on the hat is spot on, the exposure on the coat and hands are spot on, the angle of the desk is perfect in that while I know its cluttered, it doesn’t take as much space in the frame as it does in A so it’s not as distracting. If I were to walk by this photo, I would stop in my tracks and come closer so I can figure out 1) who this man is and 2) what’s he got in that glass. But I would trade the fur-less woman from exhibit A.

In any case, both photos have swag but B’s got a lot more drama while A’s a lot more consumer-friendly.

B – far more engaging a shot and the lighting on the girl is more involving.

Dov says:

‘A’ Her ass looks better :P

Eric Renders says:

B ! For the mystery and the light on the glass :-)

Marian Majik says:

A wins if those are your final compositions
B is much more stronger but the woman is disturbing there. I prefer cover just with mysterious man and a bit of table… so now I vote A

David Frain says:

B = Badass! People know what the dude looks like.. B offers more Intrigue/ film Noir/ Fascination.. A is a much weaker shot.

richard says:

A.

It seems more balanced, i find the light coloured fur in B drags my attention away from the centre in what is otherwise a very symmetrical image. That said i love the eyes and light playing on his hat.

Trip Ulvila says:

I have to go with A, it’s like he’s explaining to you why he prefers big butts, where B is like he’s keeping all the booty to himself.

anthony says:

A is safe and clean and is a typical shot.. B is stronger and has more impact and has more lasting appeal. Push it creatively my man.
A will win on votes but B actually better.

B!

The B have more information and lighting structures

Lucienne says:

I like B.. he looks more powerful & mysterious.. and i like that you see more of the girl.. i.e. her face.. rather than just her back & booty! :)

Luca says:

Hallo Chase.
My preferred is A.
My attention goes to the hands.
Looks like he is talking about girl’s back, that of course is a strong attraction…

fas says:

I would choose B but that is just me!

Nic Leonard says:

Photo B with the girl from photo A, no fur jacket.

Enrico says:

A. btw i should’ve compose in a different way, but the thing that i don’t like is the table: not horizontal… photo B is nice but there’s too much “nothing” under the table. i should’ve used a longer lens or get closer. i also think that it would be cool if the model stays in the frame only with her left side… uh and congrats for the really nice B/W

B will make a very interesting Album cover.

Darrin Hackney says:

I like A. It has a good feel to it.

B

And it has very little to do with technical photography elements.

The fur in B puts more attention on the part of the female anatomy that Mix is most famously associated with. Plus, I like the way the light made a heart shape in the center of Mix’s wine glass… An insight to the love within the man’s soul.

David Ambs says:

B. It creates mystery.

Christella says:

B, no doubt, the eyes truly stand out. A looks like some hip-hop-cover from the 90’s.

A for sure. I new in the first 2 seconds. You can see a person, His hands are inviting and the fur on the girl is out of place.

Tobi says:

I like A better… it’s clearer

mat g. says:

B is better…. it is more his style…

David Burke says:

A. That’s how I imagine him to be.

Janusz says:

B – more power, more convincing

jules says:

For an album cover, that is presumably supposed to attract attention, A.
It is too diffiult to see what B is of.

Owen Benson says:

B is my preference but it depends what you are trying to show. I like the mystery of B and I prefer seeing the girl’s face so she is a person not just a shapely rear. But if the intended audience doesn’t know what Sir Mix-A-Lot looks like then A works better.

Hardy says:

B

A – though lit in an extremely interesting way – is yet another portrait with an eyecatcher in the background. Whereas B does away with portraiture rules, incorporates more action (both in the fore- and in the background) and is thus telling a more intriguing story

Simon says:

B – the eyes are THE shot. More mystique, more ‘God Father’ going on…

Amelia says:

I like A better because I like the facial expression or the man more and I also have the feeling of knowing who that girl is because I am able to see her shape

i really like the man in photo B but the girl is a bit bright… too distracting… overall composition photo A is better… but i don’t really like the pose of the man…

Kyle says:

I’d say A because you can actually tell its him. I love the symmetry on B but I cant see exactly who it is.

Will says:

B for sure. He is an iconic man in many ways and his picture (face) tells me, welcome back.

thorpedo says:

B it’s better. man pose in A it’s too usual. B have rare atmosphere that i like

Aputure says:

A. Although I like the girl’s pose, jacket, and slight detail in her face better in photo B. Her butt looks great in both.

B of course, it’s more cooler.

jim says:

A and remove the woman

Mark says:

Photo A for sure!

It has more attitude!

Sean says:

B is the photo… Love the facial expression, pose and hand position, girl has more light, but lose the shirt like in A

James says:

A. I have an instant focal point with his eyes. With B I don’t have that. Both are nice shots.

gray says:

A for sure. It doesn’t cover his face as much, which wasn’t as awesome since he’s supposed to be the celebrity.

Anonymous says:

A

its clean and clear…

Mark says:

Him in “A”, her in “B”.

Jitender Sharma says:

B . It has a mystrey in the eyes of onlooker.

Dan The Photo Man says:

I like A

B is too confusing

B. It’s more album cover material…and is more interesting. Both really cool.

Girish says:

Definitely A, B has some nice ambiance, but then the girl is very distracting because of the harshlight, and overall look in both the pictures.

Whereas A, the person stands out, his expressions are seen.

why not remove that lady completely.

Michael says:

B.

Something about the girl in A seems unnatural. And I really like the symmetry of the hands on the wine glass in B.

Chad says:

Guy in a
Girl in b

Eric says:

B is more mysterious and more different than the norm….

SeanyD says:

B, i personally don’t think the girl really adds anything to the first photo.

Ingo says:

Photo A

Eoin says:

I like A better simply because B looks almost comic booky with the bright eyes poking out from under the shadow of the hat. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but it definitel looks a lot more staged.

However, I think both photos would have been a lot stronger without a girl’s backside thrown in.

Velarian says:

A.

I had to look at B closely to see what the photo was all about.

BMC says:

I like A better. The jacket in B distracted me from the main subject.

spencerpdx says:

Girl from B in Photo A

Ben Boyle says:

A. it’s more alive, more vibrant, and has more of a sense of character. B is nice, and I love the moodiness of it, but for me there’s a little too much darkness, too much negative space, and I find that a little distracting.

“A” is too typical (although I love it!) “B” has more of a dramatic effect and really mysterious; make someone look twice! Too many artist (rappers in general) have that “A” looking album cover. Photograph “B” ALL DAY.

I just graduated from seattle central’s photography program, and the professors talk a lot about you’re work there! I personally like B because of the mysterious quality it has. It isn’t a typical rap album photograph, and you can tell it was taken by a very talented photographer who put a ton of thought into the image.

Bluestill says:

A most definitely has a ton of swag more than B. Mix-A-Lot ought to want a huge portrait of A hanging somewhere he entertains guest.

Kat Walsh says:

A… both cool though!

tom says:

neither.

From a designers point of view:

I assume the title for the album will go into the bottom space. As such the empty black space on the left doesn’t work from a design point of view. It makes the photos unbalanced. In Photo B this more accentuated by the symmetry created by the glass.

Image A should have the glass sitting to the left near where the phone is.

If someone drop this on my desk and say design an album cover I’d ask if there are more photos. If not I’d choose A and drop some sort of decal into that black white space to create some level of balance. Also, would add the album title in massive font below the desk would create balance. It would put focus on the open hand gesture which seems welcoming. kind a like “let me seduce you”. VS image B which just says I am hiding behind a glass.

stanchung says:

I would put transparent bold type over the ‘accessories’.

Jana says:

A for sure. I couldn’t tell he was holding a glass at first and it looked like he was putting his fingers up his nose.

Leigh says:

My first reaction was to wonder what the name of the album was and match the title with the photo.
Then I wondered what choice C and/or D was.
But if I had to choose A or B, I’d have to choose A based on that it “feels” more like the Mix-a-Lot that I know and remember.

Jaya says:

Honestly? Both are technically great photos, but A looks like it has been done before. Rapper in mafia-like “so whassit gonna be” pose with huge booty next to him? Predictable. B is a bit more interesting, but the huge sexy butt also makes the image cliche. His face (or lack thereof) is mysterious and interesting, the burning eyes, the wine glass….very cool. Draws me in. But the bikini bottom just reinforces every stereotype there is about rap music. If you cut off the girl (who is styled as an accessory rather than a human being), I think it’s a better image.

I don’t know his music well, maybe it completely fits in with his persona, but I was disappointed with both images. Not in their execution – which I like – but in content.

Thanks for posting this, Chase, and allowing honest feedback. I’m just keeping it real. Cheers.

Jaya says:

*hip hop, not rap, forgive the mistype.

Gerhard says:

Personally I prefer image B. I like the way the curves of the glass echo’s the curves of the girl. I also like the sense of mystery. There’s more to look at in image B. I notice the girl seems to be holding a glass too and her head is more visible.

Fateh Azim says:

A

khsargenius says:

A

B is too closed and would be better as a tight close up.

Dario says:

A with girl B without.

Michael says:

A all the way. You can see his face and the model looks better.

‘A’ is better for 2 reasons…

1)mix a lot is known for liking the rumps, so there should be no mystery and he should be “open” in the picture, which he is in A

2)the attention is on him in A, not the ass :P

-GWC

Chris says:

Photo A …. definitely a classic photo for an OG.

Collin says:

B is the best! It is all about the eyes! B will reach out and grab you if you don’t buy the CD!

Chris Weller says:

For me A is the best shot. It clearly shows Sir Mix-A-Lot’s face, which for an album cover helps his brand recognition. B is a very cool shot but it doesn’t have the personality of A.

Dizzypic says:

It’s A by a long way for me.

Warren says:

I like A best.

Mark says:

A. Swagger, and it simply makes mixalot more the focal point of the image. In B, they compete.

Mario says:

B for me!

Nicolle says:

Hands-down A. It fits better with the album title as well!!

Pedro Santos says:

The girl is best in the A.
He is beter in the B but i don’t like the glas in front of him.

So i will go for the A

Cheers

Cory Morhart says:

B wins, but I do prefer the girl in A.

Andre Horton says:

“A” but put some light on the bootylicious model’s face like “B”! Nice pic!

MikeD says:

I am going to go with what alot of other people are saying. Mix from B, the girl from A. I think B is a better ‘grown up’ photo of MIX.

neopavlik says:

B. Has mystery and an “edge”.

Mitch says:

I prefer A because I look at him then notice the backside after. B my eyes skim right past him and go right to her backside. I have to force my self to look for his eyes. But hey….. I’m not the demographic that it’s going for.

Nick says:

A for me, though like an earlier commenter said, it’d be nice to see just a little light on the lady’s face.

As for B, I couldn’t even parse the glass at first – it just looked like something strange was happening under his eyes. Plus the lady is far brighter than the main subject and steals focus. Don’t dig it.

Henry Inhofer says:

Photo A, it implies open and frank communication and that’s what he does…… So photo A will sell more CD’s

Photo B , save it hopefully his new CD will “blow up” and you can use it to sell Courvoisier or Hennessy…….

Marshall says:

Both shots are excellent and similar in composition and mood, but i really like A.

The viewer can see his face more, and it is really all about him, in the end. The light on his jacket pulls the eye up to his face and there is some openness like ‘come join me’ with his hands. Since the audience is his audience then I think A.

The second shot has too much mystery to it, that could be anyone with the glass and my eye goes more to the girls backside than him.

Depends on the message you’re conveying, but on an open playing field and for the edit/composition presented my feel is for A as it seems better balanced.

But … B would be miles ahead if the girl wasn’t in it.
Either PS her out (and the weird floating thing on the other side) or a 5×4 crop in on Mix-a-lot would be another quick solution …. and as a result it would be much much stronger.

CW

Paul says:

A…it has better balance and the girl’s top doesn’t distract like it does in image B

Roland says:

A. Leverage the facial recognition for the guy. They’re both awesome from a style perspective.

ajw93 says:

B. Though I’d likee it even more if he just had steepled fingers, without that glass in his hands. I love the model’s fuzzy top, it softens the whole shot, in a good way.

Steph B says:

A for sure. Baby’s got more back!

Seriously, A is clean and simple. The added wine glass to the face looks cool in B but I see it maybe a cropped, abstract, close up where you would have to study it a minute to figure out what it was inside the cd cover or something if anything. The jacket just doesn’t do anything. The image is still dirty.

Paul says:

B, I like the way my attention keeps getting drawn back to his eyes.

eko says:

A – His face is too cluttered in B but I prefer that you can see some of the girls face in B

I’m not sure it should be a matter of like and more a matter of purpose. What’s the objective? Both have their strengths and if the objective is clear then the more appropriate image will emerge.

Unless this is just an exercise to generate discussion, in which case I like ‘B’. It’s more unique. ‘A’ is a tad cliche’. Add a cigar and a stack of bills in front of him and you have your standard pimp imagery. Then again, maybe that’s your objective.

Dave Shaw says:

B. But it seems to me that the question is much more about the music on the new album. Open and brighter? Or dark? That should dictate the image used far more than the photo itself.

Nonsence says:

well I like both shots, but since he does not drink… the first one suits his personality better…. (I love wine myself( but the other photo drags too much attention on the wine glass… which is not about him unfortunatelly…. my opinion…. but great shots!!

Daryl says:

B just by a nose…and i don’t even know why except that I want to look at it longer!

A. no doubt. the glass is a bit distracting, imho.

Fede Cabrera says:

Love the eye contact in B!

Pieter says:

B for sure!

frank t says:

B. His eyes are what make it.

Mike says:

A – but with a little bit of light on the model’s face if possible.

B. It’s less obvious, and anyone getting Sir Mix-A-Lot’s new album just has to know him already… and even if it’s not the case they sure are not going to buy it for his looks ;)

pixelmixture says:

B WITHOUT THE GIRL IS AWESOME

Keri says:

A catches my attention more

Marcus says:

I am in favour of A. The face and gesture attract the attention first, then the girl in the back. In be there seems to be a fight between the two of them, because neither of them stands out as the “main item”. I would even say that the girl gets almost more attention initially, of course only because she got more light in that photo. ;-)

Simon says:

A not B
because unless you had told me I would have had no idea who was in A and looking on the shelves of CD’s shops this would be an obvious problem… mmm not good promotional collateral … this would be my guess as to why A was chosen. Instant recognition? would that not be the key for this type photography

TroyK says:

A
Most people have forgotten about Sir Mix A Lot and would like to see his face, plus the girls ass looks better in ‘A’. In ‘B’ it looks like she’s carrying a load in her bikini. One personal opinion of mine is that elbows are not attractive, I would have posed her a little different to hide the elbow.

Hunter White says:

A is the better cover, B is better for the inside flap

LucaBrajato says:

+1 Ben Sassani

A for the same reason.

PS: but B i awesome too :)

Chris' says:

On photo B I don’t see details very well (on the hands, and glass), at first sight, glass / hands / face, are confusing.
I prefer A, where there’s more light, and we see more details.

B. Moore says:

B is my vote!

Now A might be the “better” photo but for his audience/fans photo B is absolutely perfect.

Ben Sassani says:

A for me. you can’t tell who’s in the picture on the second one. First one, you know its Mix-A-Lot.

The Girl in ‘A’
The Guy in ‘B’

JGL says:

Nothing personal just my opinion, but I really don’t like either of them, but if I have to choose it would be A. A reshoot is in order a little more oomph to the dark edgy feel.

Dave says:

I like B the best. the light and his look make it. I would lose the girl though. I think it is stronger without her. Part of what bothers me with her, Her bikini bottoms are bunched and uneven, I want more light on her face. Otherwise great.

Dave

joop says:

Depends on what the client is looking for. Personally i prefer B.

saxon says:

A for sure. I don’t like the way he’s hiding behind the glass in B as if he’s some cartoon evil overlord plotting his next retarded idea for world domination. The girl in B is better, and the wider angle has some attraction, but it doesn’t make up for it.

Joel says:

Depends on the album style. Context is EVERYTHING.

But as a photo….

B is a more striking photo, but the panties across her butt looks sloppy.

However, “A” fits his style a bit more, unless he’s going after a more 1930’s noire feel in his new album.

David says:

I’d like to see a composite of the two. I’d use Sir from A and woman from B.

john urban says:

I like A a lot, butt I also like B. Butt then again A is really strong, butt B is more intense.

(all butts aside, A)

Mox says:

A. No doubt!

Steve says:

THey both look a little unbalanced to me, I would of ditched the girl and gone in closer. That shape created by his hands in B looks awkward, so if its a choice A

Finn says:

They are both great shots, but I prefer ‘A’ more as its more expressive, in b he seems a little hidden behind the glass

Brian says:

A (But with the girls head from B)

John says:

Photo A. It sitll has some of the mystery, even toughness of B, but it is more welcoming and the viewer immediately senses the mood. In B, the viewer spends time trying to interpret the wine glass in front of face before being able to step back and appreciate the larger image and to find/experinece its mood or atmosphere.

Brandt says:

B. He looks sinister and devious, like he’s looking right through you.

Mark says:

A for me – I like to see the face – tells me more about the person, but actually I don’t like the hands – the welcoming feel puts me off in the context

Jim Johnson says:

B is the better shot .

Jan says:

Definitely A because I like to see his face and I don’t like the fur on her back, it’s too light and distracting.

Glenn Euloth says:

I very much prefer photo A as there is more light on the main subject’s face, the hands are open and welcoming, and the model in the background is a little darker and therefore less of a distraction.

Arti K says:

A..!

I couldn’t put my finger on what bothered me about B initially, but I think B doesn’t do it for me because he looks like he is hiding behind the glass. I suppose one could interpret that as mysterious, but it reads as hiding to me. It’s also the body language between A and B – in the first picture, his shoulders are wide and he owns the space. In the second one, because his shoulders are rounded from having to hold the glass in front of his face, it makes him look shorter and again, like he is hiding.

Tough call though, I see what you mean.

Ian Livesey says:

Has to be A).

Only needs one face!

Rafael says:

I would buy A, like his face gesture.

Lou says:

I like the composition and lighting of B, but I like Mix more in A.

I like that he’s identifiable, more accessible to the viewer in A.

I don’t like that the model is headless (but I kinda’ do, just a part of me does). I don’t like that his right hand is straight towards the camera and it looks weird to me.

I like B because it’s moody, all key components are lit well, I like that his eyes are peeking through. I don’t like that his face is hidden (but again, part of me does hehe).

I watched this whole cjLIVE… I loved it. Both are great photos, Sir Chase. :D

Adam says:

A, better character in Sir’s face and like the lady without the jacket

I think A. should be the cover. Maybe B for inside the album sleeve.

MikeD says:

A – I choose it over B because it looks to be more focused on Mix and the model is more background because of the wardrobe and lighting choice. I also prefer his body language in A, it seems more true to how I picture him (bold, confident, masculine). Either way, I always enjoy your fantastic work!

Paul Pratt says:

B. Darker guy. Brighter booty.

Michael Kirk says:

B is better but still lacks that something extra or special.

A is just too much cliche (bad posing)

I like the lighting in both pics though!

Why the girl is not standing on a table and a guy would do his posture between her legs. In this way she’s disturbing element. Retouch her out. Simplify.
B5

PS: Few days ago I did a picture of a guy between women’s legs. It’s on my blog.

Adam says:

A. This is a mysterious picture of sir mix-a-lot and a mystery woman to the right, not a pic of a large butt and a random person in the middle.

Artist will choose photo A, no doubt. It’s a matter of ego!
:-)

Teun says:

I like the pose of B with the wine glass more then the hands on A, but the jacket of the girl distracts me a lot.
It’s distracting so much, I should go for A.

Robin Flume says:

I vote for B, it’s as already said in the describtion, more mysterious. + I don’t really like the posing in A (the hands).

John H. Maw says:

Oh that’s so difficult. In A the man is easier to read. His face is well lit and you can see what he is doing with his hands. In addition there is a gesture towards the camera which is nice. On the other hand the class almost merges with the line of his sleeve and the girls head is lost with only a disembodied reflection from an earring.

In the second shotI like that hat and I love the look of the hair on the girl. The bottom of the glass stands out well, but the bowl of the glass and the mans hands and his eyes looking over the glass are rather confusing.

My solution would be to get them back and reshoot. Get the man to do what he did in A (pick out the top of the hat better), but put the glass off to the left a bit. Get the girl just as she was in B, because the hair is beautiful.

Sorry. I really want to say only nice things because then I feel like such a pleasant chap, but then you did ask.

All the best.

John

Brent says:

B. It’s less industry standard.

Jakob says:

B is more interesting.

Image B, I like its darkness.

Andre says:

A – for sure. B could work on the back of the case.

A. For sure.

I like the “balance” of light on the right and left sides of the photo. While Photo B is mysterious, I find there are some distracting elements that pull my eye off the main subject, Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Shawna says:

Photo B all the way. I don’t like his hands in Photo A…too distracting and doesn’t make for a good album cover in my opinion. Photo B, though, is more intriguing, and I’m actually drawn to his eyes more in Photo B than A.

SeeZ says:

Portrait of B with the background of A.

I would say B

timo says:

I choose A- just an overall more balanced photo, in terms of lighting, composition, etc.

Brian J says:

Image A, I like the posing in B but my eye wonders to the woman and fur. I also like the woman being faceless in image A

Marius Haugen says:

I think you should go for B, A is boring.

Corey says:

Photo A- because you can see Sir-mix-a lots face and the models bikini bottoms aren’t all bunched up like in photo B

A. It works much better small. Most people will be looking at it as a 200×200 thumbnail in itunes or on their ipod.

Jeremy says:

I prefer the hand gesture done in photo A.

tucker joenz says:

I’m thinking B as the glass and the mysterious eyes are pretty cool. Lighting is more what I like to see in B

Definitely A. Open face.
B you can;t see him behind the hands.

A!

Melomeni says:

If I had to put it on a cd, I would take A. it is straight forward
If I was to print it or use it for a book, I would do for B …It ‘s a bit dramatic and promising..

Chris Toms says:

I am going with photo B

Michael says:

actually none! … well i guess a mix of A + B … dude from A … girl from B … shot B could be good but the class and the face and the contrast dosn’t work!

B is more ominous IMHO. I find myself less distracted by the girl in B mainly because A has such a “Sir Mix-a-Lot” feel to his pose that I just glance over it. I find myself looking more and more at B.

B, definitely B

Robertv says:

A is better.

Either is better without the ass.
Not that I’ve anything against ass shots.

Obadiah Lee says:

both got their audience but B takes it this time

Jane Quigley says:

For an album cover, I think B is more Iconic. A could be on the inside sleeve.

Brian B. says:

I prefer B but I think A is the better album cover.

Rob Hill says:

I would say B. I like the look on his face better and you also get to see some of her face as well instead of just “some random booty on the right side of the photo”.

A & B
Mix from A
Girl from B.

kheylen says:

‘A’ for me please, but I’d paste the girl from B in,

ken says:

Any other variants of A or B?

I’d throw out both for different reasons:

A because his right hand points straight out so the hand disappears and the lighting also makes the right hand disappear a bit.

B because the glass is too close to his face. the reflections make it look like part of his face. If he dropped it below his lips or maybe at least his nose, it’d look a lot better. And photoshop out that left reflection on something to the left of the table that’s distracting.

If you had both variants, I’d still choose B because his eyes have a more piercing look and I like the outfit on the girl to the right better.

Tyler P says:

A. My attention is drawn to his eyes and his gesture is more inviting. Coming from a gangster that might not be a good thing though…

Jim says:

Definitely A. His gesture is one of presentation and the model has a bit more mystery. B seems to be a disconnect between the guy drinking wine and a model looking on (?) over her shoulder. What’s the point?

Erika Newhouse says:

B for sure.

Bryan c says:

B, it has more mystery, and the highlights on the glass lead you to mix-a-lots face rather than the baby with back in the background

trudy says:

‘A’ for sure… it looks like your about to get talked into some illegal scam before you even know whats going on.

Christian says:

Absolute A. He is connecting more with the viewer and he is more in focus. B is visually too messy and I lose focus as a viewer.

Dan says:

ha, I was going to say Neither too. They are nice images, and I don’t really know the context of what the image is for. So either could work. One could sell wine, the other could sell ass.

But over all I think the wine glass in the middle of the face is a bit weird with out meaning to it. seems like a power pose but with a wimpy object in the middle of it.

The other is a salesman pitch. which I like the more close up shot of him. But really don’t know what he’s selling.

With no context, I feel neither has any meaning to me.

phil says:

B. For the look he’s got going on and I can see a hint of the girls face.

Andrew says:

A. B is interesting and cool for the wall, but A for an album cover.

Art LARA says:

i would have to say A. you can see his face.

Denny Wells says:

I was going to pick B – I like the image of him, but when I got past the thumbnail and saw some fuzzy creature on her back (rather than simply a shirt), it just kept drawing my eye and distracting me.

So, I go with A. A strong image without a strong distraction.

wurks says:

B no doubt

Nazar says:

A is better than b, cause for me its meaningful.

jeremy says:

I think you should come up with an idea of your own and shoot it. Something more profound. I understand pleasing the client, but I think because your the visual artist, and photographer you should come to him with a more powerful message in the image. B attempts that, and I am assuming it was closer to your vision although with out a clear face it’s eh. The girl really ruins the shot. The contrast is really high and understandably you have a “look” to your black and white and usually it works REALLY WELL, but kinda missed the mark this time. I feel like a dick now. THEY ARE BOTH AMAZING, YOU WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION CAUSE YOUR A GENIUS AND I LOVE ALL YOUR WORK!!!!! There I feel better.

Wito says:

B but with the girl from the A pic

Ryan says:

Another vote for A.

Mike says:

I Like A over B and here’s why.

A shows him as a more dynamic individual and his unique character. Sure it doesn’t have the general mysterious edgy bad-assery going for it like the pose in B; but B to me is Just Another Rap Artist and Just Another Album.

To make my final decision I’d have to listen to the Album to determine which is more the character of the music.

mark says:

A.

I would prob prefer B if the freaking glass wasnt there! Same expression with folded hands would be a winner

Robbie says:

I like B the best with her face lit slightly.

I’ll say B. Because:
In A, the girl doesn’t have a head, instead there’s a shiny collar flowing somewhere in the air. With the head missing, all attention is on her butt, which has an ugly shadow just above it. It looks as if she were really bending her lower back to make her a$$ stand out, which can be sexy, but it is too much of an unnatural pose for my liking. In general, her back is too busy with all the shadows going on if you compare it to the rest of the picture. That’s much better with girl wearing the white jacket.

I do prefer the guy’s pose in A, as it’s less “posed”, less aware of the camera. In B, there’s also something floating just to the left of “guy” that I find distracting. In a phallic way, even :P

Definitely B. Mix-a-lot’s eyes are much more interesting…

Nice work.

Agustin says:

A –

But I would like to see the light on the girl’s face like in B.

nick says:

A … BUT …. his right hand is not very well defined unfortunately .. I’d really reshoot .. or maybe you have another “C” ?

B is a bit of a kitsch …

Helton Carneiro says:

A – beautiful

Definately B, in A it looks like he is in the middle of a conversation with you, whilst B is more of a mystery

WMass Commentor says:

I wish I could look at photo B at the same 1200 x 1200 rezas photo A but alas it is only 620 x 620…
I choose photo B as the girl in A is too distracting and his hands are empty. In photo B the girl is slightly further back and he holds, possesses (caresses?) the curved wine glass as if it were the girl…

B would be a much better photo if it weren’t for the girls underwear being messed up.

gryphon1911 says:

I like the lighting in B better, but A has a better composition regarding the subjects face.

In B , that could have been anyone.I. should not have to rely on a caption to know who it is.

A for the win.

Jim says:

Photoshop the two together. Take Sir-Mix-a-Lot from picture A and combine it with the young lady from Picture B.

Jim says:

. . . and tone down her jacket so as not to compete with him for focus.

me says:

hmm
what is the main subject in these photos? Actually guys face competes with the girl’s ass :)

My answer is neither. Mainly because of the issue mentioned

Szabi says:

B. Though the chicks ass is too hot (i.e. bit overexposed for my taste)

I like the pose in B better – but the white fur top she’s wearing draws attention away from Sir M… Photo A keeps your attention on the man himself more.

Tough choice, indeed.

Apparently the album title will be “dun 4got bout mix” (or that’s what google said). Which makes me prefer A because to me it seems to work better for that. I’m not thrilled about the girl though, so I’d either re-do post to show at least a hint of her face, or transplant the girl from B (where she still shows off her “qualities”, but at least there’s a face here).

Johnny Rocket says:

I like a combination of both. Sir mix a lot in photo A and the girl in photo B. I like the jacket and lighting on the girl in “B”, plus you can see a little more of her head. Mix a lot looks creepy in “B”.

Sunset girl photography says:

B is better, photo for me picture A is like “her a.. is that big” lol i dont know maybe because in picture A u can see just girl bottom..GOOD LUCK!!

hbbalazs says:

A is better.

Levvyy says:

B for sure.

GSigouin says:

A

B is visually more difficult to read around the area of the face/glass/hands. I find it distracting from the overall image.

Preetham says:

A it is.

Morgan Ione Yeager says:

I like A.

Jeremy says:

I like version A. In version B, the several strips of light on the glass in front of his face is distracting to me. (I must say, though, I prefer the girl in B.)

Matt Staples says:

For me, B by miles.

Sure A shows you Sir Mix-a-lot’s face better, but B is just way more fun. (And you already know who he is if you are picking up his album I suspect ;) ) and I’m not swayed by a little extra girl skin in A, plus the fur in B makes for a more interesting look.

personally i think shot A is better for the Artist, but prefer the dynamic with the girl in shot B and i would be tempted to combine the two

Erwin says:

Whats the name of the album?

M.D. Welch says:

A all the way.

Two reasons. First, I can see it is Sir Mix A Lot. I can see his face and make the connection. Second. The shot of the girl is much more focused on the subject of his biggest song. Two visual connections, makes A the winner.

p says:

B !!!!! (would be perfect if B had the girl in A in it)

Har Rai says:

Definitely A

Ryan says:

I would say neither. I like the pose of the man better in A wile I prefer the lighting on the woman better in B

Mike F says:

Photo A, Photo B takes away from him because her butt it lit way more than he is. (Not the worst thing in the world though)

Ryne says:

definitely B. The face of the girl coming in adds a lot and Mix’s expression looks more badass.

CJ says:

A – Definitely !

Jonah says:

A for sure

Frank says:

Photo A, without a doubt.

Kyle says:

Photo A but with girl from photo B

I prefer A except that the glass of wine/hennessy gets lost in the arm of his jacket. At first i didnt even realize it was there.
So B.

Sven says:

A for sure

Andy says:

A – the girl’s jacket in B attracts my eye too much.

B.

I didn’t spend time studying the picture. I wouldn’t if I bought the album. B seemed tougher at first glance…fits his image. I was drawn immediately to his eyes.

Clint Fraser says:

B – I like it. A is a really typical pose for musicians in this genre.

Mark K says:

A is telling a story and the camera was there and managed to capture it.

B is camera telling the people to make a story because it has to capture something.

A is the better shot in my opinion.

Mikelangelo says:

I like his face in A. I think his jacket is too blown out as well. I do not like the model in A. You’ve cut her in half.

I like the model in B (the fur, you can see the face a little). Nitpick, but the desk is level in B and I prefer that.

Overall, for an album cover, I like A. Sir Mix-a-Lot is “inviting” me to listen to him. I love his look/eyes in B, but he seems more guarded of his art/music in B.

Rob says:

A for me…. There is something I don’t love about her throw-over on the 2nd one. There also seems to be too much black space for me on the 2nd (although that depends how much art work needs to go over the image somewhat).

A also has a more open feeling whereas B is very closed.

Zhotography says:

B. It has a very dark aspect of the photo and keeps the viewer curious of the man behind the glass.

Sylvia says:

I like A better for the cover and B for the back side! He’s a good looking guy, i personally like to see the musicians face on albums I buy. B looks kind of demonic to me. Great shot! Nice contrast going on in the photo.

Vince says:

I like both, but here are my thoughts.

A) Shows is face. For marketing, shelf space identification I would go with that. His face is well known and passing a shelf with a CD showing it might boost sales.

B) From an artistic standpoint I like this one the best. Frankly I think it fits his personality. Wine, Women and Song. Not necessarily in that order :)

Vince says:

I like both, but here are my thoughts.

A) Shows is face. For marketing, shelf space identification I would go with that. His face is well known and passing a shelf with a CD showing it might boost sales.

B) From an artistic standpoint I like this one the best. Frankly I think it fits his personality. Wine, Women and Song. Not necessarily in that order :)

dhani says:

I would say B cutting the girl out. The shot has such a nice symetry that the bum just throws things off…….

Jeroen says:

I prefer b

Anonymous says:

background from A, pose from B

Ben Ewing says:

A for sure. I feel like you gain much more understanding in the guys face. I initially had no idea what was going on in B. I’m all for mystery in a photograph but i’d like to gain something from the subject and get a little back story from his facial expression

Fernando says:

B. A is a fantastic portrait, but B has me hooked as a cover & “story.”

Andrew says:

For a rap album cover B, without question. Photo A looks like he’s gonna try and hug you over the desk. Maybe if his hands were in police cuffs I could vote for A but my first thought when looking at the photo is “what the &^#% is he doing with his hands?”; they are just too distracting (to me anyhow).

Both are very good, but I would go for A.

Daniel says:

Absolutely like B, mostly because it is more expressive and imho has a more appealing light.

liz says:

A with girl in B.

Jay Garcia Morales says:

B !!!

David Dvir says:

I feel like the hands open in A are a bit of a sign of weakness, sure it shows his face but his fans already know what he looks like. B is great, very intimidating and mysterious. Leaving people’s own imagination to fill the gap is one of my favourite things to do. If they want to fear him, they’ll think he looks scary, if they want to respect him, they’ll think he looks powerful etc..

I like B

Cheers,

Chris Russell says:

A- All the way Chase…….love the faded lighting on the female Model!

Love the great work my friend!

Malika says:

A for me the pics B is good but I think A is better for a cover!

Yani says:

B seems way more interesting to me, and the girl looks better in B.

Joce says:

A; mainly because I prefer the size difference between the two subjects; where I find that in B they are fighting for the limelight. I really like the way the man is shot in A though I did like the jacket on the girl in B.

Steve Eshom says:

A

I think Sir Mix-a-lot’s personality shows through better.

Peter Thomas says:

A.

It’s intuitive.

Chris says:

I have a tough time deciding. I like how the girl’s back fades into darkness on A, but I like the pose for the DJ on B, to the point if you took the guy from B and the girl from A i’d be sold on that one. without modifications A. I think i just dislike the fuzzy vest the girl has in B.

TimR says:

B, except for the hands and the wine glass–they’re a jumbled mess that don’t really read well, and the symmetry is annoying.

James C says:

A

B reveals too much of the model’s face. It makes the viewer realize she’s a real person and not just a sex object/plaything that he keeps behind his desk. We wouldn’t want anyone thinking that!

Ian says:

This is a tough one, I like A a bit in the abstract. But I’m sorta curious of the new album is Sir Mix Alot’s album darker and more moody? If so perhaps B would be better. I do like the image of Sir more in A, but I like the girl in B more. Either would work great.

Dakota says:

definitely B

Brian Braun says:

B. More Texture. More Mystery. I wanna know who this guy is.

Strongly prefer A. The attempted drama in B (hiding his face behind a wineglass) strikes me as contrived/overwrought: I don’t buy it.

Thad says:

B
I feel like he is trying to show us something in A and I don’t have the slightest clue what. B presents you with the same feeling but it doesn’t matter because it is more mysterious.

Leo says:

definitely A

Carelle says:

I like him in on photo A better and her on photo B.

Even though the lighting is quite aggressive, the face expression and gestuals are great on him on A. I think the symmetry is quite nice on photo B, but his hands are a bit over exposed and we have lost details, same for his face, only his eyes remains, unless you want to portrait him mean… (to me he does really mean on photo B).

As for her, I really thing that the fur is making a statement on photo B, not only that; we can actually see her head too. Her bikini bottom looks better on B, I though that on A she looked like she had a wireless microphone in there… lol

So, if it was my project, I would merge the shots in Photoshop.

Carelle

Ed says:

A for the girl and B for him. Mix ‘em together?

Brian says:

I like Sir Mix-A-Lot better in A, and the background girl better in B, in both cases because of their specific lighting. Any chance of a composited version C?

Dejan says:

First thought: A, just because it took some seconds more to get what B really is.
Now, definitely B. I think it has more depth than A, which is basically straight in your face.

Rhoda says:

A – the eyes are more engaging.

NWX says:

B. Better story.

Ahmed says:

I like A

Lalabongo says:

B – definitely B… he’s got those eyes….

Christian says:

A

+ pose and light
+ glass in the background
+ no fur and hidden face of the female model
+ no thing in the shadow on the left

I like the creepy eyes on B, but the pose with the glass feels somehow wrong to me. Even if I like the gesture of his hands.

Jimbo says:

Absolutely A.

Can’t even see his face in B. Can’t recognize him.

A you can instantly identify him.

Edward Carlos says:

A

B is the one I would personally go for. The eyes look a lot more mysterious which I think is great for an album artwork.

nic says:

He looks better in A, she looks better in B

Jules R says:

A. He looks like a duck in B.

Fat Don says:

In digital processing why make it about A or B…I suggest Girl in A, Him in B — all focus on eyes and bootie. Great work as always!

Bruce Peter says:

Chase,

I like A better. Why, the focus should be on the entertainer, not the model. In the A photo you have her upper half in shadow which is great and her “butt” is on the same plane as his face so you take in everything on that plan.

With photo B my eye is drawn to her blonde hair since you have lit that area of her as well.

My opinion, your milage may vary!

Thanks for sharing and asking our opinion.

Bruce Peter

Bruno says:

Photo A it’s about Sir Mix-A-Lot. The back and the face of the model on the right are hidden by shadows, while Sir’s face is clear.

Photo B it’s more about the model on the right. We see more of her (the shadows on A give a look of “no identity” to her). On the other hand, Sir’s face is covered by his hands and the class of wine.

But these two photographs tells a story together, and I like the idea of A for the cover and B for the backside of the album.

bethany says:

B. I like the jacket the girl has on. more intriguing… i love the wine glass too.

A
in B he looks a bit like a dog ,o)

Nick says:

I’d take him from “B” and combine it with her from “A”. Reason being i like what he is doing more in “B” but i find the white jacket she is wearing pulls my eye towards her in “B” compared to her bare back in “A”. I would combine the 2 photos into one ultimate photo haha :) Either way both are awesome. Amazing work as always Chase!

Joe Ash says:

With out knowing anything about the album I would choose A.

Jeremy says:

I like his pose better in A but the wineglass is in an unfortunate spot in that one. I didn’t even notice it at first. But when I did, it spoiled the shot. Since there is not option C with an “A like” pose sans wineglass, I chose B.

Nelson says:

B the eyes just pop in all that darkness looks real cool

Gonzalo Baron says:

I.would say picture A is better due to the expresivity of the model’s face thay makes a stronger and more complete scene

Anonymous says:

I.would say picture A is better due to the expresivity of the model’s face thay makes a stronger and more complete scene

Joe-Boy says:

I like him in A – Her in B
Maybe combine them both in snazzy photoshop.
He’s more important though so A.

gray says:

right on. I think Joe-Boy has it right on

Daniel Archer says:

B – for sure. Luxury meets mystery.

Chris Bonney says:

“A.” “B” hides too much.

Willie says:

B – A little mystery in the Mix. I like it.

Karma Rae says:

A- clearer message and image, and shows his full face. B for the backside of the album?

Jeremy says:

I prefer photo A, the compositon and lighting is good and has been said in earlier posts, the personality is more natural. In the end, for me, it would come down to the name of the Album and the feel that Sir Mix A Lot is trying to give with his lyrics and presentation.

Relle says:

B – hands down. But Id add the girl from A, that little jacket in B isnt working for her one bit…or just take her out altogether

… its a tough one … I preferre A due to the following resons …

1. took me some time to figure out its a glas in his hands and its hard to see who he is
2. dont like the fur on the girl in B
3. slip fits way better in A

I d love to have more light on her Face in A though
cheers

Dan - right brained says:

A – absolutely
unless he doesn’t want to be recognized

Danny St says:

I think A has better balance.

B would be a better image if the lady in the background was removed.

lynda says:

A – the white jacket in the second one draws my attention over sir mix-a-lot, where he draws more attention in A

B! If its a cd cover…everyone will know who he is already. I like the mystery and composition in it. Loving the concept…I mean who doesn’t like big butts?!?!

Bernadette hair says:

The first – the second would have been better if his hands were together, fingertips touching.

Mike says:

A. It is a more iconic image. The intensity of B is lost if viewed from any distance.

B! It just has so much mystery and intrigue!

Charlie says:

I meant use A some of the albums and and B for the others. Not both on the same cover…..so tired today.

Danielle says:

Personally I find B much more intriguing and find I am drawn into the image. I’m not personally a fan of the girl as I think it’s a little cliche, but prefer the image of her with the shirt on.

Dave Dillon says:

A for me, prefer seeing his facial expression, and B makes me have to look for it too much. As a photo, I like B a lot, because I like images that make me look close to see everything there is to see, but as an album cover, A wins it.

Charlie says:

At first glance I I vote for A because the girl is not distracting. You see her but she is in more shadow.

But I like his look better in B. A seems a bit better balanced for a CD cover since you have room on top and bottom for wording. They are both so cool. Its a draw for me.

Use both. 50/50 on each album.

Mike Folden says:

I think B has a little more to it. I really wish there was another girl on the other side to balance the frame out. I feel like something is missing over there.

Eric says:

A for the cover. I’d use B for the inside of the back cover, beneath the clear cd holder.

Jeff says:

A, no question. A is about Sir Mix-A-Lot… B is about some chick on the side, and, oh look, some dude peeking over the top of his wine glass.

henry says:

Commerically it is A but artistically I like B

Andy says:

A for sure

Photo A works best. Sir Mix-a-lot is the focal point where. In photo B, the eye focuses on the girl and Sir becomes a secondary thought. It’s interesting, but it’s his album, so he should be the focus.

Alexis says:

My ZWOM (zero worth opinion mouthing) on this
A is safe, clear, self explanatory, story telling as some commented, a good commercial look for an album cover
B demands the viewer to dig into it, there s a lot in it that create questions, bad commercial look i d say

My zero worth opinion on that: ditch the story telling bs and go for B, why on earth should there be a commercial look ? Yes well apart from wallet condiderations

Frank Grygier says:

I vote for B. If you are going to use the female I think we should see her face.

Randall says:

For an album cover, I lke A better. It shows his identity better and it’s overall cleaner.

Jana says:

i like his face in the first one. but all in all B is the better one…

Dennis says:

B, but I feel the girl is a distraction in both…in a bad way. I would photoshop her out. The wedgie doesn’t help either!

Mike says:

B, by far. The design works way better for a cover.

Kimberly says:

A- I am interested in him. The second photo I ind the girl a distraction. Including the title of the album , if allowed would be helpful as the picture may lend to the story, but without knowing that-solid A.

David Wong says:

I pretty much go with A.
It is more personal and not too graphicky.

Bobby says:

A — but with touch up on the girls back.. the shadows are not flattering to her.

randell says:

A. For me too. The light reflections in the brandy glass are too distracting. in B.

Niko B. says:

I would vote A!

I like B for sure. But if B then you need to be closer to him otherwise he is to dark and the ass of shorty is to distracting in my opinion.
Furthermore I like his gesture. It’s more like: “Welcome to my world”

A or cutting shorties ass from B!

Chad says:

I vote for whichever one objectifies that woman the most.

Mike says:

Exactly. Neither.

Daniel photography says:

Photo A

At first glance, I immediately though Photo A is the better photo. But then I thought about the photos in terms of an album cover and thought differently. It seems to me that Photo B is more thematic. It almost says “lets get down to business” The first photo is more interesting but I believe that the second would make a better album cover.

Andrew says:

A for me.

Tim says:

While I like Sir Mix-A-Lot much better in the “B” photograph, the high key portion of the photo (girl) draws the eye and distracts from what should be the subject. If choosing one of the the two as-is I have to choose “A” as the better photograph.

Chris says:

I think by telling people you prefer A you’re already going to skew the results of this. A lot of your fans seem to idolise you and will agree with pretty much anything you say.

Perosonally, I prefer his expression in A, but I like the overall composition better in B. In A the girls leg seems oddly chopped off, and it’s not straight. MY choice would be either a re-edit of A, straightened with a wider crop, or even move the crop over slightly. Or I would see about using photoshop to put Sir-Mix from A into shot B.

Twan says:

B! With B the girl has a head and not just a floating shiny hairpin, the guy’s pose is less akward (with A it’s like he’s in the middle of a sentence) and the black v/s white looks better to me
(too bad the girl’s ‘vest’ is a little distracting though)

A. I think the cup is distracting from the character of Mix a Lot. The booty is perfect, by just having a glimpse of the whole woman.

Janelle says:

B is my pic. Love the eyes, but I do like the girl in A better…. tough call!

Jens Thorsen says:

B

Paul Scott says:

I find B much more powerful and interesting. I think this is down to the dude’s pose which for me is a lot more cinematic and somehow asks a question. I also like the way it leads the eyes to his and to the upside down heart shape that his hands make, and then to the tiny heart shape that is made on the guys fingers with the hot spot.

If it were me I’d keep B for the dude and photoshop the girl from A (just looks better) in and consider putting a bundle of notes on the desk to the left and maybe have something in the upper left to balance the girl on the right – maybe a safe or something as simple as a clock indicating it’s the early hours…probably with a bit of smoke for effect n gangsta stylee.

Rockin shot’s tho so both are winners really :)

Paul

Jeremy Hall says:

Both photos would work great of course. I like A better overall, though I like the eyes & glass of B. The bikini-clad woman is better in A than the look in B. Putting the bikini look into B might make it the final image for me.

Lori says:

While I am not a huge fan of the fur, B is definately my choice. In A he has a desperate look on his face. In B it’s mysterious and the lines with the wine glass give it a cool dimension. The protrusion (I watched the show that day…a solder iron…I think) seems more of a distraction to me. You can’t tell what it is so it’s not necessary. I don’t think Mix wants to seem desperate!

Simon says:

B: it’s darker. But if I had it my way, the girl from A, the man from B but I would also want the lighting on the girl from B – just capturing the side of her face but without the fury coat thingy… this probably doesn’t help in anyway, sorry Chase.

geoff says:

B

The eyes punch you in the face.

Andrew Kelly says:

I’ll go for B. He looks a lot cooler in it and I think it has more feeling (some atmosphere and mystery). Although I wish that B was framed a little closer to him (like A is but slightly farther away), can’t help feeling a little disconnected as he seems to far back into the scene. But I like B better than A.

Both really good images though.

PJ says:

I’m thinking A

Melissa says:

Photo A. I’m spending too much time trying to figure out what he is doing in B to appreciate the photograph.

Peter says:

Photo A. Like the shade on the face and the look, just darken the neckless of the girl in the back, it is distracting.

Mike Kelly says:

A

The highlight on the woman’s back is stealing all the attention on B. Maybe with a different crop B

Gary says:

B for me

Edward Artiste says:

(Pulls out the Art Director hat, relaxes)

Here’s what we do. Take the foreground from A, add the background from B. The first booty shot looks like an awkward angle compared to the second.

Hiding his face doesn’t look so hot (unless the title attributes to some sort of mystery, reasoning, etc). i would also argue that there’s a bit too much contrast going on in the other, but at least you can see him proper. I would possibly add some sort of background wall- only shown in grey- barely showing itself for atmosphere. it would even help give a slight depth to the potentially gi-normous logo that looks like will be inserted in all that black space.

There you go. easy breezy. I can do this all day Chase! (available on weekends in NYC!)

http://photography.ashworld.com (shameless plug)

Sander says:

Photo B, because of the face of the girl and the mysterious look of Mix

Pat says:

A, but crop the girl out.

Pete says:

I’d like B cropped to just Sir Mix. (especially if the new album is harder/darker than poppy) I get that the booty identifies him as Sir Mix but it’s a bit of hanging on to the past which feels desperate. Also, the symmetry of his position mimics a booty anyway. (which I like. very subliminal/ unconscious). The pose in A feels like a moment in between…sort of confusing expression with the hands. No strength for me. Like he’s uncomfortable or unsure about this album.

Nate Geslin says:

He looks better in A, but she looks better in B.

But all together B is the better of the two. There is some mystery and more tension. My first impulse was A, but after looking closely at both of them B is my favorite.

Scott in AZ says:

B

Claudette DuPlessis says:

B It’s the eye’s they are very distinct telling you something like this is my turf and you ain’t gonna mess with it!!.

koko says:

neither.

Zaini says:

Compared*

djd says:

It would help if we knew the title of the album, but in the absence of that I’d vote for A.

Zaini says:

B. More stories came out of my mind from Photo B caompared to A.

kat says:

A (although i love them both.)

Dennis says:

B, because it is way more mysterious and provides a darker atmosphere. The little reflection on the girls ear while everything else of her head is sunk in the shadow is kind of bothersome and I definitely prefer the girl in the second shot, because it doesn’t look so slutty and cheap and it’s way more interesting to have a little bit of her head in the shot. And his eyes are far more catchy in B.

So, it’s B for me …

B for me more drama, lighting on the glass and hat spilling onto the table, model looks tough looks like he belongs behind a desk ina fur coat with a half naked chick as office art work

Joe says:

I say photo “A”, it give a look that reminds me of his earlier look from the past. In photo “B” it could be anyone. In “A” it shows his personality.

Justin Hill says:

A is the better for me. The fur the girl is wearing in B looks out of place and it annoys me that the glass is ‘in his face’. A is straight to the point and ‘in your face’ (and not his). Both are great shots though.

Charls Uytanlet says:

definitely A.

Sam says:

Can’t really decide. I get why you posted it here.

A is kinda too tight on the right for me. But in B the gut is kinda lost behind the glass. Take the Guy from A and put him in B. If that doesn’t count and I’d have to chose one I’d guess I’ll go with B.

A looks candid/natural
B looks posed and like the girl was put there for a specific reason

I vote for A even tho B has sicker lighting

A

Steve Munoz says:

They are both great, but A is better in my opinion.

april says:

in my opinion A is the better choice plenty of free space in the upper left for title and wording.

B would be a really cool image to play with. were it mine… crop the girl out completely or clone and flip her so she brackets him and completes the symmetry of his pose with the glass.

1 light under the desk pointed at the bootie, then another light high to the left or center, so it shines on his jacket arm and desk but not under the hat brim?

Pete says:

well said. I had similar feedback. Framing with legs and a booty is pretty common place, but makes sense if they really want it for Sir Mix.

Jan Erik Moström says:

B

Vitor Munhoz says:

To me A. Clear and straight to the point with all the feeling that you’re intending in B. B I had to zoom in to understand the hand and glass, I feel that it created an awkward jumble of shapes with the lighting and processing used.

laurent says:

A is better. I had to triple check to “decode” what was happening with the guy on B, B is harder to “read”.

Anonymous says:

Neither, actually. The woman, while an appropriate symbol for the subject matter, doesn’t really fit. Remove the woman. When that’s done, B all the way. The contrast for both is a little high though.

Matt Brennan says:

A. The fur and full figure is too distracting but I love the pose he is giving in the shot. Go tighter into B and that’s your shot to use otherwise stick with A.

rico mendoza says:

B for me no doubt

Brenda says:

Depending on the theme of the CD I might choose one over the other. But without that info I think I’d choose A.

Lewis Walsh says:

B – It’s a more balanced image. A looks like you’ve cut something off on the left, and the girl looks too far to the right.

Doug R says:

I like both, but B is what I’d pick for an album cover.

Byron says:

I prefer A

I like seeing part of the girls face in B, but don’t like the light hitting her body more than his face. B looks like he’s trying too hard, looks false.

I don’t like either. Here is another boring cliche rap album cover reducing women to nothing but a single body part for sexual gratification. There are so much more to women than their butt. If the shallowness and superficiality depicted in this photo is an indication of how sir mix-a-lot’s album is going to be, I have no interest in hearing it. Looks like he hasn’t graduated from the “I like big butts” music. He’s getting so old now and looks more like a creepo stuck with an infantile mind of porn obsessed teenager.

James C says:

Well put, Mr. Rader

Jo says:

+1, both elements, Ms MAL and the butt, are fighting for the main focus point and neither really wins.
If I had to pick, I’ll choose A.

Mike says:

Exactly. The needless booty means I couldn’t possibly take either the musician or the photographer seriously.

One rather large butt-shaped wannabe pimp cliche.

DanielKphoto says:

I definitely like his pose in B, but I think I’m going to choose A to be the better picture. I think, that one makes a little more sense than B.

They both are very beautiful shots by the way! I love the low-key and the setting, very nice!

Norbert says:

I prefer A. It seems more balanced.

melponder says:

I like him in A and seeing her face a tad in B. I like to see images with more than body parts of women (but her bathing suit looks better in A ;-)

nikky says:

Hi,

I like A better.

Thank you

Simon says:

First, I liked B more, but then, I was thinking if he looks as bad-ass as he should be when his face is hidden. And when you don’t see the upper-body of the model behind him, it’s more intriging. Also the hands reach out the the one looking. That’s way better. So analysed, it’s A for sure.

Carlyle says:

I like A. To me it connects you with the artist which in part is what is being sold in addition to the music.

Rene says:

A is better. B is also good, but I don’t like the whole “I can’t see your face with that wineglass”. If it wasn’t for that I would’ve chosen for B.

I’ll have to go with B only because his face isn’t convincing in A although I prefer that picture

I like B. A is too cliche for album covers. It has the traditional, look at all my stuff gangster look. Also, in A the glass is hidden in his elbow, makes it look like its going to tip over. In B his eyes are fully lit, as well as the hat being well lit. I like the hat, and not seeing all of it in A detracts from it.

I think also seeing the iPhone properly placed in B, as well as the champagne bottle outline helps as well. There seems to be a little more negative space at the bottom of B, which lends to better text placement.

Thats my argument. Go with B

B would make a better album cover. However, if you can lose the mic on the left – then it would be perfect.

Chris says:

A. I like the expression Mix has. I think the fingers throw me off in B.

Ron Hiner says:

They both tell a different story. Which tells YOUR story better.

I like A – big tough guy who has all that he wants — telling me that I need to be doing business with him.

noed says:

A. In B the man’s fingers change his face into something frightening

Laura says:

B, for me.
It makes me look harder, draws me in more.

Serah says:

A. I was drawn into mix vs. B. I was all over that girls butt.

MissyG says:

A. I kept seeing Michael Jackson in B.

Zan Smith says:

I like A. Simply a gut reaction.

Humanbin says:

B .. it seems to have a much more richer possible story behind.. mind the word : )

Ryan Lavigne says:

A for sure… Love the eyes in B, but his thumbs are lit pretty hot through the glass which I find distracting. Prefer the closer crop in A as well.

Jon says:

A

Pic B is too bright/distracting on the RHS

Rob says:

“A” – as his face is not obscured by his hands, and it is clearly sir-mix-a-lot, unless he wants his face obscured by a wine glass.

Fredrik says:

B, definately. I like the eyes and the fact that you see some of the girls face.
But I’d crop it a bit and reduce the negative space to the left.

B. I think that A looks slightly too busy with the man in the centre of the image up close. Also, there is slightly more detail of the woman exposed.

Kevin Whaley says:

A – because I like big butts and I can not lie.

Eddie says:

B for sure

A, its much more inviting

‘A’… you can fully see his face and the girl’s shirt and ear are not a distraction.

kim james says:

B ….only because A is cliche. Maybe I am wrong but it feels like I have seen it so often, body language open putt en it out there load. The Mystery in B helps me want to continue to look at it. Also the styling is better although her legs could be closed an inch or so more and then it would look natural, but the little jacket helps, also the wine class shakes things up a bit re: cliches.

“A” for me. Even though it’s his album, you see the attitude and know it’s Sir Mix-A-Lot. IMO, Photo “B”, could be almost be anyone. However, the lighting and mood is excellent.

A sells as Sir -, new take on his classic hand pose. B is definitely more creative, interesting, more wow factor. A for the cover, B for the liner.

Mitsos_m says:

A – more character!

Dave Wilson says:

As a portrait, A works well though I’m not a fan of his expression or his hand placement.

But for an album cover I would definitely go with B. It’s mysterious, has attitude, will make a viewer stop and look and will make them ask “who is this!?”. The image will immediately be associated with Mix forever even though you can’t see his face.

Foster Snell says:

A. Unfortunately it’s really difficult to see what’s going on with the guys face and hands in B.

Jim says:

A…shows more personality

Also, it took me a second to see what was going on in B (not in a good way)

Gonzoweb says:

i like tje B option

Marc says:

A, wicked better

netstatinfo says:

I like A, but B is more effective in my eyes for a album cover like the others said.

Chris says:

B

It’s more brooding, dark, and overall more interesting. It also has more texture to it, and the wider angle & lighting gives it more of a sense of place. I’m referring specifically to where you can see the mic on the left and the face of the girl on the right… I know, he’s known for “big butts” and maybe that’s the point of A, but to me it looks like her head’s cut off. In addition to this, should the attention be placed on the “Baby Got Back” reference? It’s a new album, and he probably doesn’t want to always be know for just that song. I could be wrong here, but for those reasons I’d go with B.

ps. Both are good shots… I just tend to read into things.

Steve says:

I like him better in A but I prefer the woman in B, since her head turned towards him gives a sense of interaction and brings your eye back to him.

Andrea says:

A for sure!!! B leaves me trying to figure out what the image is of.

Daniel says:

I’d like to see some typography on these. From there you’ll see which is more appropriate based on the message: Name of album, artist name (Sir Mix-a-lot), etc.

But based on lighting: A.

Pete says:

B for me no question. I like the mystery and negative space.

Pete says:

A is the winner here. A: makes Sir-Mix-aLot the focus, the photo is about him, B is over shadowed by the girl, and Mix-a-Lot fades into the shadows

Laurie says:

‘A’ is better because I can recognize Mix-A-lot in the photo.

Peter de Rooij says:

B. I don’t care for the shadow on his face in A. Also, the crop is a bit tight to the girl’s legs for me.
And B indeed is more intriguing. The shadows and glass work there.

Yeager says:

B for sure.

Graham says:

I prefer the stern look in his eyes in B, but I can’t help but see his hands creating a silly wide mouth effect when you step back slightly (his thumbs create the upper lip and his other fingers create his lower lip and the tongue sticking out!).

So for that reason, I’d choose A

I’d say A… it’s like he’s saying “Hey man… it’s obvious that you’ll buy my new album!!”

Nani Annette says:

I gotta say picture A, too. I feel the man’s eyes in picture B are a bit manic. :P Also, the fur is a small distraction in B.

Tom says:

Both great, but I choose A as the winner.

First impression:A if the goal is a portrait, then I like A, although his gesture seems a little off or confusing (questioning?).

B is more sinister, moody, and now that I look at it longer, quite possibly a stronger portrait. BUT it leaves too little of his face, and its looks more like he is presenting the glass to you than drinking it, not necessary.

I like not seeing the girl in A more, but some post can black out the face in B.

Hope that helps.

Martyn Day says:

Jee whizz. You would have thought that in the 21st Century he’d have wanted to raise the game, get away from the pimp gangster look with bikini clad girl and glasses of brandy. I’m going for B as it obscured most of his face

aubrey says:

chase, thanks for sharing. A is definitely the better of the two. at first i felt light off the woman’s face would be preferred, as in B. however, it may detract from the main subject: sir mix-a-lot. A gets my vote.

Tarryn says:

I have got to go for B. It has so much more going on in terms of mood, composition and just plain edginess!

A. But I like the girl with jacket on photo B.

Mike says:

They’d both be a lot stronger without the needless booty on the right. Kind of ruins both for me. We know he’s a Don, leave it at that.

So, neither.

Royd Tauro says:

Most definitely A. It draws your attention and also tells you who he is and what it’s about.

Rob says:

I prefer B. But maybe if you could slightly darken the girl and lighten him a bit it would help bring more attention to him, unless you’re specifically wanting to bring attention to the girl in the photo. But really both are awesome photos. Great work!

J Huting says:

I think photo A is better. Because it grabs your attention right away. On photo B it’s not immediately clear what he expresses. You can say that it’s mysterious, but it’s much too vague.

james says:

A no question for me he is his own brand and without text i still know who he is in A… its a guess in B

Queen Bee says:

A: Sir-Mix-A-Lot is more accessible. He’s too hidden in photo B.

Jay says:

Photo A is better.

Mix-A-Lot is the subject of the photo, but his face being obscured (and really only his eyes visible) in B and more of the girl revealed is kind of distracting.

In Photo A I am drawn to him immediately and the girl is part of the background instead of challenging to be the main subject.

O'nev says:

I like photographs that have a hint of the mysterious element associated with it. in this case I would go for “B”. the eyes just makes you wonder what he is thinking plus what is the girl in the background looking at ?

Sasha says:

Photo A, because you see him first!
On photo B, model’s butt is more dominant than him.

Bong says:

A. I like seeing the artist’s face.

Emmanuel says:

It depends on many things.

If it were just anyone, B would be stronger, for the feel, position and intensity, but A shows the recognizable signer. If the album has his name is big letters, on it, seeing his features might not be so important.

All in all, I prefer B as an image, but A as an image of Sir Mix-A-lot. I’m sure you understand the subtlety.

Kategraphy says:

I totally agree with this! Well said!

Love, Kate

jeff says:

All my A’s should have been B’s, you get the gist I hope.

Eliano says:

I prefer the A because the pose is more natural than the B.

Best,

Eliano

Frank says:

I’d pick “B”. With the extreme shadows, the whole thing looks a little dark and mysterious. Obfuscating everything but they eyes adds to that vibe and, in my opinion, makes the shot.

Christopher says:

It’s like William said the girl in pic B which is distracting.. I’d go for picture A!

Olivier says:

B for sure.

JR says:

Overall I like A better. However, I prefer the girl in B.

Network Geek says:

My thoughts exactly! I like A because you can see his face, but I like the girl in B because of the fur and attitude.

airwhale says:

Oh – tough one.

I think A is a great shot, but it’s much more predictable than B.

For a cover, I’d go with B because it is “different”. I also prefer the gal in the back with her jacket on, those bikini strings look a bit messy. The jacket adds, well maybe not “class” but something :)

IMHO.

Mike Gallant says:

I Like A the best….. simply because you can see his face and tell that its mix a lot…. b , i wouldn’t have known….

Russ Rowland says:

Better really has to do with the end goals of this project. But in A he is more engaging, He draws you in. Given that most album images are tiny, so much would be lost in B.

jeff says:

A for several reasons, you see the entire girl, not just the back and below. I like A for SMA since I don’t like the foreshortening of his right hand. For A I would like to see more of his face and in post remove the unneeded stuff on the left side of frame.

Joe Faraoni says:

A is better as is. B would be kick ass without the girl. Love Mix’s eyes in B but chick is distracting.

Mathias says:

I’m with Joe here.
Without the chick, photo B would be great. (why does rappers always need a half-naked chick next to him?)

So, B for me!

don says:

a. for sure.

qklispesta says:

photo B

CA says:

A.

I like him better in B, but I don’t like the way the symmetry is thrown off by her in the back. I know symmetry is not something we usually shoot for in an image, but the way that one is set-up looks nice. I just wanna see him popping off of the back (not her in there).

MJ says:

Both are great! Though I would choose “A” simply because it’s like~”BAM~ I AM Sir Mix-A-Lot;) and the focus is on him. “B” it tends to be all about the booty;)

Melisa says:

Over all I like A, but I like the jacket on the girl in B.

Jeff says:

Photo A is better.

Chad Banning says:

A

Drucifer says:

A definitely. I do like the girl in B better because you can see her face, but his pose is not that great.

Rúben Neves says:

Hi, Chase. B is my choice. Much stronger eye contact, clothing contrast, better lights, and a “beyond message” underlying. In my humble opinion, of course! ;)

Joe Kingston says:

I’d go B, but with a tighter crop.

Daniel says:

A for sure.
The way he’s holding the wine glass in photo B makes it look like Droopy the cartoon dog is wearing a hat.

I would like to see a hint more of an outline of the girl’s face though

A is a good picture, B just makes you stare it fr 10 seconds!

OK B wins!

William says:

The woman from A, the guy from B. But if I HAD to choose as is, I would go with A, the lighting on the girl in B is too distracting

Lynn Creamer says:

A

A. It feels like you are having a difficult conversation with him and he’s telling you how it is. The feeling of interaction draws me in. There is less depth to B for me…

Aaron Brown says:

Photo B is where it’s at.

Jon Gee says:

As an album cover, A. As art, B.

Ryan says:

Without a doubt, B.

Jeron says:

Prefer the girl in A by a long way, B – would be nicer if he was almost a tad bigger.

I vote A

Scott Nickell says:

B for me.

Dimitris Amvrazis says:

I like both of them, the first one has the whole face showing, we see his expression, he has this gesture with his hands and the light is really good on his right. The model in the back looke really great and the fact that we can see her lower body lets us focus on his face only.
The second on has a very intense look on his face and is “richer”, there are so many more elements, the glass, the whole body of the girl in the back. I think I would go with the second one, it looks less classic, is very dymanic and mysterious.

Tara says:

I prefer A. My attention is drawn to him, whereas in B my eyes stay with the girl, as she is brighter and larger in the image.

Christina says:

A. the expression on his face and the stripes on her panties. in B there seems to be too much: his look, the glass, her furry piece of clothing… seems a bit too much for me, so I prefer A

rakib says:

A definitely! love the contrast, excellent lighting, very strong eye contact.

Tom says:

Photo: A

There is life!

Bill Hoenk says:

Photo A. You can see his face, his hands are pulling you in and there is less light (emphasis) on the models face. I think Photo B is a little to busy around his face.

A for sure. You can clearly see who is he and he makes a straight raw direct connection with the viewer.

Eric says:

A, I have to squint and hunt to see what’s going on in photo B. Photo A draws my eyes right in without them darting around to take it in.

Lloyd Ramos says:

B for me. There’s better symmetry in his pose plus that girl’s bootay looks nicer. ;)

Brian says:

I like A….

pin says:

i personally like the A but if im gonna use it for album cover i’ll go with B

Julian says:

Agree!

Paul Hurst says:

For an album cover – B is the one for me. Great mood and attitude.

Bamba says:

photo A, definitely!

Edvar says:

If the end result will have any textual content, B lends itself more to a good composition.

Jenny says:

Knowing the title of the album would help – I like B better though.

rye_one says:

B! his gesture in photo A looks forced. b looks more natural and adds a dark mood to it

Leon Godwin says:

B as well, for these reasons.

stanchung says:

B- more mysterious but I’d crop tighter.

A identifies but IMO a little conventional.

Don’t think the girl is necessary in the shot.
Adding a piece of ass is cliche [but perhaps without it he’s nothing]

Stephen says:

B for me. A seems like he’s trying to catch you for a conversation, but B seems more serious/intriguing.

lordarild says:

A

It has more “story” in it

Mary Jane Rutkowski says:

A definitely — B looks kind of retro like a 1930s mystery. Your work is beautiful! Keep creating :-)

Damon James says:

I like the girl better in A but B he looks a lot cooler. Photoshop?

Nate says:

Agreed. Better crop and girl in A. Great eyes in B.

Ben says:

A for sure!

marco says:

A
I dont’t like the fur.

Shay Murphy says:

A

Clearer and easier to see

A

I think anyone familiar with his style and image would choose A. It has more swagger, more personality, and more Mix-A-Lot. It also emphasizes how much back baby really got. :)

Simon says:

Photo A in my opinion. Although Photo B has awesome eyes.

Alex says:

A

I like the girl from A, and everything else from B. … If the two were combined, he would be at the apex of the light pyramid. … And I like his darker tone, with the eyes peering out from under the hat. … The other him is too friendly looking.

james says:

Girl from A the rest B

JeMaGa says:

Photo A, no hesitation for me.

Dave says:

B for sure, no doubt.

Milton Tan says:

A

There’s more “character” in it.

Josh R. says:

A though if you could get a little hint of light in her face I think that would be better.

A
Facial expression plays an important part on A.
The eyes on the other one are killing but again its just eyes, nothing else.

jacopo says:

B……….the glass…….is perfect

Lili says:

Yuck ! Neither, unless you crop the cheap ass-legs-in-fishnet-stockings out…
Without that, both shots are powerful – according to the content of the CD

( I know fishnet sells, but so does pornography, that doesn’t make it art)

Jeremy says:

Oh! Ma! Gawd! Lili! Look at her butt! She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends…

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

I like “A” the best

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