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50 atrocious hip-hop album sleeves

  • While rock musicians and pop stars are more than capable of creating truly atrocious album sleeves, no one does it better than the hip hop fraternity. Let's begin with Yo Gotti's '5 Star Chef'. Health and safety might beg to differ...

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  • Sumthin Terrible - 'U 2tupid'. Sumthin Terrible live up to their name with this sleeve, which seems to capture the trio trapped in a spin cycle in a hospital washing machine.

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  • Carebears present Uncle Murda - 'Return Of The Bad Guy'. If you ever wanted to know what suicidal Care Bears looked like...

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  • TyShon - 'The Reincarnation'. Reincarnation as envisioned by someone with only a minor grasp of Windows 95's Paint application.

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  • Troy - 'Pastor Troy'. Or "photoshopping my head over Russell Crowe's body in Gladiator."

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  • Trick Daddy - 'www.thug.com'. If Trick Daddy fans made this their screen savers, things would get really confusing...

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  • DJ 5150 & Muzifene - 'Trap City 5'. Come on, this can't be real, can it? It looks like a terrible, customized greeting card from a tripped out Moonpig.

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  • Ta Smallz - 'Who Killed My Mama?!' The art director did it!

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  • Sweet P - 'I Toast Myself'. What makes this sleeve so terrible? Could it be the cartoon of a baby apparently doing a poo into his nappy or could it be the visual of a midget Sweet P drowning in brandy? Oh, it's both...

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  • Snoop Dogg - 'Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told'. or...'Da Game Is About A Weak Visual Pun With Some Be-Jewelled Dogs'.

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  • Skillet & Leroy - 'The Orka Eaters'. Dear Lady Posing With Legs Akimbo, YOU'RE WORTH MORE THAN THIS!

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  • Donnie G: Don Gorilla - 'Sheek Louch'. Making the original Planet Of The Apes look half decent.

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  • Roman - 'Prisoners Of Perception'. When someone's been on their PlayStation for too many hours, without any natural daylight, this is what happens inside their minds.

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  • Plies - 'Definition Of Real'. This 'definition of real' is unreal. Clearly we're missing some deeper hidden meaning...Or maybe it's just a bit rubbish?

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  • Playa G - 'U Not My Lady'. Has our hero had a bout of amnesia? Or is he in a re-make of The Vow? A truly world-class shitty effort.

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  • Monie Love - 'Down To Earth'. Monie, Monie, Monie. Fallen on such hard times that she can't afford more than six rubbish flower drawings. Sad.

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  • Mistah F.A.B. - 'Prince Of The Coast'. You may be surrounded by naked women and piles of gold, but you're still called 'Mistah F.A.B'.

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  • Mikey General & Andrew Paul - 'Sound Bwoy Burial'. The day the music died (in IKEA).

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  • Pooh-Man (MC Pooh) - 'Funky As I Wanna Be'. Sexy like...a gynaecologist?!

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  • Max B - 'Public Domain 2 : Rise Of the Silver Surfer'. Font by Pepsi Max, graphics by The Spice Girls ('Spice Up Your Life' era).

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  • Majik Most - 'Molesting HipHop'. Can someone de-tag us from this Facebook photo, please?

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  • Main Source - 'Breaking Atoms'. Or 'Opening A Packet Of M&M's Whilst Really, Really High'.

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  • Mac Mall - 'Thizziana Stoned And The Temple Of Shrooms'. So subtle that we just don't get it.

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  • Mac Dre - 'Ronald Dregan For President 2004'. Sadly Mac Dre couldn't convince voters that he should be elected with his one firm policy: "everyone must wear bad Burberry hats at all times."

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  • Evil Empire, DJ Self Big Mike & French Montana - 'Mac & Cheese 2'. We're very unclear about what's happening in this picture but there seems to have been some sort of dairy related massacre.

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  • Lil Milt - 'The Prophecy'. Yes, Lil Milt, look into your crystal ball. Your life options seem to be: turn into a really camp angel or a cool looking devil without any legs...

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  • Lil' Flip - 'The Leprechaun'. Makes us want to eat some Frosted Lucky Charms.

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  • Ice Berg - 'Gangsta Rap'. The sex tape that no one wanted

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  • DJ Scream Kickstand - 'Toys, Trees And Snow'. Hey kids, Santa does exist. He's just a machine-gun toting gang member with camp white gloves on weekends, ok?

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  • Hell Reil - 'For The Hell Of It'. It makes flossing really, really difficult.

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  • Doe Boy - 'Gucey Guce'. Well, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man should have a rap career, right?

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  • Krushadelic - 'Ghost Rider'. Like a bad graphic novel from 1992.

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  • Dj Drama and Tony Trys - 'Gangsta Paradise'. Wait, where's Coolio and Michelle Pfeiffer?

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  • DJ Black - 'The Midday Drama Girl...' Hopefully he's phoning the hospital to get some help...

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  • D.I.R.T - 'Heltah Skeltah' Amazing what you can do with some old curtains and some fire lighters...

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  • Da Brat - 'Da Brat'. A bodysuit made up of old images of yourself. It's what they'll all be wearing come spring, you know.

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  • Criminal Elament - 'Hit 'Em Where It Hurt'. Yea, right on their aesthetic sensibility.

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  • C-Murder - 'Life Or Death'. ...And he was pecked to death by a large pigeon.

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  • Big Punisher - 'Capital Punishment'. The Statue Of Liberty tries to re-create a Janet Jackson pose... and fails.

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  • Cam'Ron - 'Confessions Of Fire'. Confession Number 1: You've forgotten the 'E' in your name.

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  • DJ Da Juice and DJ Rell - 'Boulder Crest Working'. The 2-for-1 offer in Tesco was too much to resist.

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  • Lil B - 'Blue Flame' Trust us, this is actually better than his sleeve for 'I'm Gay'...

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  • Black Jesus - 'T.G.S.N.T'. Dear Black Jesus, get your disciples to work on your fonts.

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  • Bishop Lamont - 'Pope Mobile'. It seemed like a good idea during the brainstorm...

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  • Baba AKA The 1 Stunna - 'Birdman'. Sadly for Baby his superhero franchise never quite, um, took off.

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  • Big Daddy Kane - 'Long Live The Kane'. The days of wine and roses ended quickly when they discovered all the fruit was plastic and the wine was Ribena.

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  • Big Bear - 'Doin Thangs'. Is this a bad album cover? Does a bear shit in the woods?

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  • Ludacris - 'Chicken And Beer'. The KFC bargain bucket is full of surprises...

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  • Spank Rock and Benny Blanco - 'Bangers & Cash'. Enough baby oil to lubricate France...

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  • Lil' Boosie and DJ Fletch - 'Bad'. Jacko is looking down at this and screaming...

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