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Happy Birthday Hip-Hop! This year, we celebrate 50 years of incredible, ground-breaking music. In addition to the music, hip-hop artists have given us some of the most iconic album covers.

XXL magazine is out with their list of the 50 greatest album covers of all time.

From XXL: “When it comes to the essence of an album, oftentimes the cover art is just as captivating as the music. Since the popularization of hip-hop in the late 1970s and 1980s, rappers have supported their artistry with eye-catching imagery. As a result, many album covers have become iconic contributions to the culture.”

There have been so many great album covers since the beginning of hip hop, and we decided to mention our favorites on the list.

  • Ramiro - Straight Outta Compton/ N.W.A. (1988)

    Cover of N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton album

  • Ramiro - We Can't Be Stopped/ Ghetto Boys (1991)

    Geto Boys album cover We Can't Be Stopped

  • Ramiro - Doggystyle/ Snoop Dogg (1993)

    Cover of Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle album

  • Ramiro - The Carter 3/ Lil Wayne (2008)

    Lil Wayne's album cover of The Carters III

  • Ramiro - Return to the 36 Chambers/ ODB (1995)

    ODB's album cover of his public assistance card

  • Pebbles - All Hail The Queen/ Queen Latifah (1998)

    Wasn’t on the original list, but should have been. It’s The Queen!

    Cover of Queen Latifah's All Hail the Queen album

  • Pebbles - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1996)

    Cover of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album

  • Pebbles - 3 Feet High And Rising/ De La Soul (1989)

    Bright cover of De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Risong with the three members of the group

  • Leroy - To Pimp A Butterfly/Kendrick Lamar (2015)

    Cover of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

  • Leroy - Ready to Die/The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)

    Notorious BIG REady to Die album cover with little baby on the front

  • Leroy - Return to the 36 Chambers/ODB (1995)

    ODB's album cover of his public assistance card

  • The complete list...

    Check out the entire list of 50 at XXL.

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