The title of this project is "Kings of South: Dirty Crunk Kits". The cover concept should have a that title included prominently on it and should be well thought out within the overall design. Also consider the type setting and layout of the title. The theme should have imagery of the hip hop culture and specifically the "dirty south" look.
Here are some links from past contest with similar contest concepts.
The design can be created using any graphics program you like, but we would like final delivery in PSD or PNG format, layered, at 300dpi. Dimensions are 5.1" x 7.2" with 0.125" (1/8") bleed. The use of stock photography is acceptable but we would prefer original design concepts. We aren't looking to break the budget on a piece of stock photography but if it works with the overall design we are looking for and the price is right then we are OK with it. If you choose stock photography, feel free to use the preview (watermarked) image in your mockup, and we will overlook it during the contest's duration, then will purchase it if you are the winner of the contest.
For stock photos of people try not to choose something with a person that is looking right at the camera. We want to promote a feel and imagery but not any specific person as if they are the hip hop artist.