Best Album Cover (2014)

Prince, The Breakfast Experience

The best album covers are iconic — David Bowie's Aladdin Sane, the Velvet Underground & Nico's eponymous album, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and countless others. This year, we can add another one to the list. Prince's The Breakfast Experience EP shows that Prince not only has good taste (score one for Dave Chappelle!), but he's got a wicked sense of humor, too. The cover art, inspired by a famous Chappelle's Show sketch, shows the comedian impersonating Prince in — what else? — a purple "Zorro-type outfit" before showing off his mad basketball skills and making everyone pancakes. Since the sketch debuted in 2004, there were definitely a few people hankering to get pancakes from the Purple One, and their dreams came true during his Paisley Park pajama party. Prince took the joke even further and served Zooey Deschanel pancakes on the Fox sitcom New Girl. We're up to our elbows in syrup, and we're into it.


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