Photographer and film director, Jonathan Mannion, who shot the cover art for Jay Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt, revealed Jay-Z originally planned on calling his debut album Heir To The Throne.
“Originally, that album was going to be called Heir To The Throne. So I had a list of ideas that I had gone home and researched. My mother’s from London, so I kind of knew where to go for referencing of things like old kings and monarchies. I was going to try and conceptually take him down that path. Jonathan told Complex.
Jonathan Mannion also shot the cover art for most of Jay-Z albums, including In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3… Life And Times Of Shawn Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, The Blueprint and The Black Album.