30. LL Cool J, Bigger And Deffer (1987)

Art Direction: Eric Haze
Photographer: Glen E Friedman
Label: Def Jam/Columbia/CBS

As the title suggests, by the time Bigger And Deffer dropped LL's image alone was large enough to fill an album and its cover. Here LL, in his LL uniform (naturally), was perched on the hood of his car, leaning up against a fence, and not doing much of anything in particular. The non-statement was its own statement: rappers were larger-than-life characters.