#11. Run-DMC (Spin,1988)

Issue: May 1988
Art Direction: Basil Berry
Photography: Chris Carroll

Run-DMC's rise wasn't merely musical, it was visual. They stripped the flash from the hip-hop star. No chains, leather pants, or shiny jackets. This Spin cover makes that image the centerpiece and pushes their actual faces into the background (or crops them out entirely). Instead their Cazals, fedora hats, and the slightest glimmer from their dookie chains draw viewers' eyes.