27. Gang Star, Daily Operation (1992)

Art Direction: Marc Cozza
Photographer: Matt Gunther
Label: Chrysalis/EMI

Daily Operation's cover was the perfect allegory for the Gang Starr division of labor. Guru in the foreground with his Louiville Slugger jacket half slung over his shoulder looking very blunted while Preem played the back, hard at work behind the decks. Other things on the cover (see if you can spot them all, Highlights Magazine-style): a globe, a skull, suitcases full of money, a Remington Rand typewriter, a portrait of Malcolm X, a copy of Elijah Muhammad's Message To The Blackman, and strangely, some sort of taxidermied groundhog on the mantle. Good times at the Gang Starr mansion.