ESPN the Magazine is known for getting creative with their editorial spreads and their new music issue definitely fits the bill. While Lebron James is joined on the cover by Dr. Dre, we really enjoyed their fresh take on 7 classic album covers — all recreated with the help of 14 of the hottest current athletes in the game.
Here’s a little tease via their Twitter:
Hit the flip for the real pics!
We love their version of Beyoncé’s Dangerously In Love cover using Olympic Gold Medal sprinter Allison Felix.
And here’s the original:
Team USA soccer forward Alex Morgan channeled Katy Perry’s One Of The Boys cover
Motorcross racer James Stewart did his thing as Rick James on the cover of Street Song
US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte made for a pretty good grown up version of Nirvana’s Nevermind
Sorry we had to cover his lil wee wee
Our all time favorite might be Tampa Bay Bucs QB Josh Freeman as Michael Jackson’s Thriller
NFL ballers Lamar Woodley, Trent Richardson and Marshawn Lynch did their best RUN DMC for their Ultimate Run DMC
MLB ballers Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino re-did DEVO’s Freedom of Choice album cover
Here’s another shot of Josh/MJ
We had to include the outtakes too — especially this jawn of Josh Freeman.
Photo Credit: Matthias Clamer/ESPN The Magazine