33. Outkast, ATLiens (1996)

Art Direction: DL Warfield
Illustrator: Frank Gomez
Label: LaFace/Arista

After the smoothed-out Cadillac vibe, some listeners were taken aback when the group re-fashioned themselves as aliens and genies out for black rights in space with ATLiens. For its cover, artist Frank Gomez built a world around this ideology. Though it wasn't the first rap record to feature a mock comic book cover, it might have been the first to make good on that promise—the CD booklet included an 18-page comic that looked cool, but made very little sense. Sample excerpt: "You should not have tampered with the LA Reid android."