50. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III (2008)
Art Direction: Mr. Scott Design
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion
Label: Cash Money/Universal Motown
When aspiring to make a classic album, one looks at the classics that came before it. Same goes for a classic album cover. Big had a baby, Nas had his childhood photo, so Wayne followed suit. But Wayne being Wayne, he took it a notch higher, updating his baby picture by crudely Photoshopping his current day tattoos onto its face. Many mistook it for a fan-made joke when it first made the Internet rounds, but no, that was the album artwork. All of Wayne's crazy projected, quite literally, onto his baby picture.