#10. Kanye West (Rolling Stone, 2006)


Issue: February 2006
Art Direction: Amid Capeci
Photography: Dave LaChapelle

Spinning off the success of "Jesus Walks," Rolling Stone placed Kanye in a crown of thorns a la Christ himself. 'Ye wasn't the first rapper to implicitly put himself in the big man's shoes—Pac was crucified in painting form for his Makaveli cover and Nas and Puff had gotten flack for depicting the same in the "Hate Me Now" video—but repetition never dulls society's need for a scandal. Today it rates pretty low on the scale of Kanye outrages.