2. Ice-T, Power (1988)

Art Direction: Kav Deluxe
Photographer: Glen E. Friedman
Label: Sire/Warner Bros.

Before 'Ye had the Power, Tracy had his own, and the cover said as much before he even opened his mouth. Glen E. Friedman's front-and-back full-body shots of T, DJ Evil E, and T's scantily clad then-girlfriend Darlene Ortiz, all brandishing arms in front of a stark white background, was unforgettable. Try to track down the original LP cover, which fully embossed the figures and title, giving the already stunning layout an even more tangible feel. (Unfortunately, that embossment is not proportional to Darlene's figure. Blind men will still have to wait for the braille centerfold revolution.)