A picture says a thousand words but for many hip-hop album covers there often aren’t a thousand words to be said. The typical hip-hop album cover displays a portrait of the rapper with the album title at the bottom.  GWOP Magazine staff has compiled a list of the GWOP 10 Best Hip Hop Album covers of ALL TIME.  The covers we chose were revolutionary during there time period and were ALL classic HIP HOP albums.  Doesn’t make sense to have a dope Album cover with a wack Album, therefore we chose all classic albums with cover art that made you wanna spend your last $10 bucks to purchase it from the shelf.

GWOP TOP 10 Hip Hop Album Cover Art*

*No Particular Order

Ol Dirty Bastard   “Return to the 36 Chambers: Dirty Version”

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Shimmy Shimmy ya!  Classic. Simple. Straight to the Point.  Ol Dirty (R.I.P.) Food Stamp card, we all know somebody with one.

MOS DEF “The New Danger”

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1 of the best hip hop lyricist in the game. Great Imagery and lighting on this pic.   The New Danger! Use ya BRAIN!

2 Live Crew “As Nasty As They Wanna Be”

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This cover speaks for itself. Nasty as they Wanna B!

Snoop Doggy Dogg “Doggystyle”

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Not only 1 of the best hip hop albums of all time, this cover made you want to buy the Album just to read the comic on the inside of the CD.

ICE-T “Power”

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One of my favorite covers of ALL TIME, Ice T set a standard with this one.  DARLENE pictured with the 12 gauge made you want to buy this album just for the artwork.

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a recent pic of Darlene from King Magazine. She still got the POWER!

Outkast “Atliens”

ATLiens

Andre 3000 and Big Boi put the ATL on the map in the mid 90’s, this was a dope cover with the comic book look, similar to GZA Liquid Swords:

Nas “Illmatic”

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Nas was the 1st MC to use the baby pic for his album.  One of the best HIP HOP Albums of All time as well as the cover.


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Slick Rick “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick”

Nas paid homage to the The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, with his cover art for Stillmatic. Checkout the similarities below:

NWA “Straight Outta Compton”

The founders of West Coast Gangster Rap, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dj Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy -E (R.I.P.) put their small city on a national map with “Straight Outta Compton”.

KRS ONE and Boogie Down Productions “By Any Means Necessary”

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KRS ONE pictured above with the uzi out the window like Malcolm X.  This is a Great pic, simple staight to the point.  Get dat GWOP by Any Means Necessary!

Jeezy was also inspired by Malcolm X on his new Trap or Die 2 Mixtape: By Any Means Necessary

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