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Lil Wayne, “Tha Carter III” (2008)

For the cover of his sixth studio album Lil Wayne repurposed one of his baby pictures and applied his current tattoos. Three years later he updated the image for “Tha Carter IV,” featuring a school-aged Weezy in a cap and gown.

Rah Digga, “Classic” (2010)

Probably sensing a pattern among “Classic” albums featuring rappers as children, Jersey’s Rah Digga felt it was only right that her album of that name feature a young Rashia Fisher. The irony is that her first single for the project was called “This Ain’t No Little Kid Rap.”

 Kendrick Lamar, “good Kid, M.A.A.D City” (2012)

In 2012 K.Dot used a grainy family portrait for one of the two cover art images (the other is of a van) to his major label debut. A young Kendrick is seated on his uncle’s lap flanked by another uncle and his grandfather. The men have their eyes blacked out to imply that this story on the album was told through his eyes—the good kid in the M.A.A.D City of Compton, California. Or to protect their identities.

Who do you think will jump on the “baby picture as album cover” bandwagon?

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