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The 25 Best Album Covers of 2012

1. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Label: Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope
Art Director: Kendrick Lamar

Using a photo from your childhood on your major label debut album in hip-hop is always a bold move. After all, it was a tradition started by Nas, emulated by Biggie, and carried on by Lil Wayne. So for Kendrick to use a photo of him as a baby sitting on his uncle's lap as his album cover was a statement.

At the same time, having a 40 and a baby bottle chilling on a table tells you everything else you need to know about Kendrick's upbringing. For any other outliers, just press play.

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