15. Run DMC, King of Rock (1985)

Art Direction: Andrea Klein
Photographer: E.J. Camp
Label: Profile/Arista

While most previous hip-hop LPs presented the rappers front and center on the cover, the boys from Hollis took a different approach for their breakout sophomore outing. The artwork buried Run and D in a river of title text, leaving little more than their trademark fedoras visible. Most rappers have refused to even slightly obscure their face ever since, the primary exception often being when rappers are paying tribute to this very cover.