36. Comptons Most Wanted, Music to Drive By (1992)

Art Direction: Peter Dokus / David Durate
Photographer: Peter Dokus
Label: Orpheus/Epic

In those days it really wasn't difficult to create a great gangsta rap cover. Simply depict the artist going to do, coming from doing, or in the midst of doing a criminal act. But CMW's take on the theme was particularly sublime, offering an aerial view of them just chilling with the top down, guns in full view, and "open container" laws be dammed. It also had a minor recursive effect, placing the album cover within itself, which nicely complements the title's double entendre. (Owwwuh.)