12. De La Soul, 3 Feet High And Rising (1989)

Art Direction: The Grey Organisation
Photographer: Marie Hennechart
Label: Tommy Boy

Looking as unique as they sounded, De La entered the rap game with fluorescent colors and a cut-and-paste vibe that were both likely firsts for the genre. Old-fashioned hippie visuals begat image so iconic that De La would spend much of the years that followed living in (and eventually killing) its shadow.