38. KMD, Black Bastards (1994)

Art Direction: Zev Love X
Illustrator: Zev Love X
Label: Elektra

A pre-MF Doom Zev Love X sketched a controversial cover for KMD's would-be second album. The artwork features KMD's satirical Sambo character playing the role of "man" in a game of hangman. It all seems relatively innocuous in context. But conservative groups don't look at context, and at the height of the "Cop Killer" controversy in the early '90s Warner wasn't taking any chances. So they shelved the album and dropped KMD. It didn't see a proper release until 2000, when it was liberated by the indie label Subverse. The drawing itself was slightly different from the original, but the concept remained intact.