#15. Jay-Z, DMX, & Ja Rule as Murder Inc. (XXL, 1999)


Issue: June 1999
Art Direction: Donald E. Morris
Photography: Jonathon Mannion

Before Murder Inc. became a playground for Irv Gotti and Ja Rule's most obvious crossover attempts and Ashanti's "Oh Baybee" love songs, it was a planned rap supergroup. And in the annals of abandoned rap supergroups, the lineup—Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule—is up there as one of the more promising ones. This cover finds the trio looking suspiciously goonish. The flip side of the cover seems to confirm those suspicions—all three are brandishing concealed blunt objects, Ice-T style.