23. Ice Cube, Death Certificate (1991)

Art Direction: Kevin Hosmann
Photographer: Mario Castellanos
Label: Priority

For his second solo outing, Cube, still angry, put seemingly every race in his lyrical crosshairs. He nicely accented this attack with a cover that aimed squarely at the good ol' U-S-of-A, standing over the freshly toe-tagged carcass of none other than Uncle Sam. But Cube actually looks kinda saddened by this turn of events, and that might be the most misunderstood aspect of his character. He was never hating or irrational in his rage—he just cared too much.