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The 50 Best Rap Album Covers of the Past Five Years Image via Discogs / Rostrum, Atlantic

44. Wiz Khalifa, Rolling Papers

Release date: March 28, 2011
Photography: Darren Ankenman
Art direction: Greg Gigendad Burke, Christopher Bodie (illustrator)
Graphic design: Greg Gigendad Burke
Labels: Rostrum, Atlantic

Wiz Khalifa is known for a chill approach to rap, one that was proudly on display for his 2011 album, Rolling Papers. The album promotes being carefree and having a good time by rolling your problems up and blazing them down. Wiz views rolling paper as a sort of a good luck charm, telling Rap-Up, "My career really took off when I started smoking papers."

The cover represents problems dissolving—as the smoke disappears, so do the issues. In the lingering cloud, one faintly sees Wiz's face in all his glory. On "Roll Up," Khalifa claims, "Whenever you need me, whenever you want me...I'll roll up," supporting Wiz's smoke-filled lifestyle and the way he remains loyal to his fans. —Austin Weatherly

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