7. Ol' Dirty Bastard, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (1995)

Art Direction: Alli
Photographer: Danny Clinch, Illustrator: Brett! (Design)
Label: Elektra

For what stands as arguably the weirdest major-label rap album of the '90s, ODB's graphic team turned his Public Assistance card into an album cover. Though superficially just a joke, it was also sort of a bold statement of character. One of Dirt's strongest character traits was his complete and utter immunity to shame, particularly when it came to government assistance ("I came out my momma pussy on wellllfaaaree! Twenty-six years old—still on welfare!"). Not a lot of artists are secure enough to wear poverty front and center on their album cover.