10) Black Jesus – TGSNT
Black Jesus, depicted as a cosmic aura of foundation, eye makeup and blush, has qualified for the Dudes Wearing Makeup Award. Now can anyone tell me, what the hell was Wu-Tang thinking?
9) Kriss Kross – Da Bomb
Yeah, something bombed alright…
8) Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter III
Ah yes, our inspiration for this article. An album cover so bizarre we went on record, along with 2 Dope Boyz, to call it a hoax when it first surfaced on Amazon.com. This album cover is unfortunately just as real as Dwayne’s mental health problems. Is that a Captain Planet pinky ring?
7) Cam’ron – Confessions of Fire
Warning: This recording contains explicit language, fashion tips using items with feathers, and details of Cam’ron’s latest star crushes!
6) Hell Rell – For The Hell Of It
Just when you think Paul Wall is bad!
5) Lil’ Cease – The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo
Cease was very close to our Bitchassness Award, but Vanilla Ice snatched it right out with his party pants. Home girls are coming correct to cover that up for us. I would like to thank the proud owners of each of those arms.
4) Lil’ Flip – The Leprechaun
Lucky Nites Liquor, Clover G TV, Clover G Records…The Leprechaun…will someone please inform Lil’ Flip that he is about as Irish as I am.
3) Canibus – For Whom The Beat Tolls
From the moment I saw this cover on Hip Hop Site when it came out in ‘07 I knew it had immediately gained a very special place as one of the worst hip hop album covers of all time.
2) Trick Daddy – Thug.com
There were arguments as to whether or not this should have been number one. The image quality is horrible, it’s a complete abuse of Photoshop, and it’s just plain bizarre. My favorite details are the psychotic look on Trick Daddy’s face, the fact that he’s sweating buckets, and the selection buttons on the top for music, sex, drugs, money, and death. Thug.com will forever be a classic in the Worst Hip Hop Album Covers of all time.
We proudly award our Photoshop Abuse Award.
1) Big Bear – Doin’ Thangs
We have made it to the number one Worst Hip Hop Album Cover of all time. What makes for the number one worst? It is a priceless combination of strangeness, abuse of Photoshop, overuse of set props with the plastic fruit, and present elements of gayness and bitchassness.
Big Bear, whose name is made out of honey, is depicted in a silk robe sitting at a table feasting with bears who also don silk robes and tiny little purple Shriner’s hats. They smoke cigars and drink from blinging goblets as Big Bear’s pinky ring blings at you as if it is winking the way the bear to his left who peers at you over its sunglasses is. For all its ridiculousness, Big Bear’s “Doin’ Thangs” is number one.
We proudly award our Strangeness Award.