13. Boogie Down Productions, By All Means Necessary (1988)

Art Direction: Douglas Rowell
Photographer: Douglas Rowell
Label: Jive/RCA

Though BDP's debut was driven by inter-borough beef, frontman KRS-One reemerged as a more politically charged rapper after the murder of his DJ, Scott La Rock. Reflecting this new mentality, he recreated the legendary photo of Malcolm X peering out the window and clutching his gun. KRS' reenactment was nearly pitch perfect, making just one subtle change for the times: where Malcolm had a rifle, Kris had an Uzi.