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Lists: Young Jeezy as Malcolm X -- and four other rappers who have posed as historical figures


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By Sarah Godfrey

Young Jeezy recently leaked the art for his forthcoming mix tape "Trap or Die, Pt. II: By Any Means Necessary," and the cover finds the rapper striking a Malcolm X-ish pose. Some thought it was genius. Others were outraged. (Check out the comments on RapRadar.com and HipHopWired.com.)

But Jeezy is hardly the first rapper to pose as a revered historic figure on an album or mix tape cover. Click Track runs down some of the craziest examples in recent memory.


Nas as King Tut, “I Am”

The album covers for Nas's "Illmatic" and "It Was Written" used plain, straight-on shots of the rapper's face. The cover of 1999's "I Am" offers another close-up shot, but here Nas makes like King Tut. The result is utterly bizarre, the strangest detail being the facial hair included on the Nas-meets-Tut death mask. Creepy.

(More Nas, Raekwon as Che Guevara and more, after the jump.)


Nas as Nostradamus, "Nastradamus"

Nas released another album in 1999. Inexplicably, he's wearing some sort of Jedi hood rather than the prophet's trademark black hat.


Raekwon as Che Guevara, "Cuban Revolution"

Was it tacky to juxtapose Raekwon's face with the iconic image of the Marxist revolutionary for this 2009 mixtape? Maybe. But it would have been a lot more jarring if Guevara’s face wasn't already plastered on countless t-shirts, coffee mugs and posters.


Remy Ma as Jesus Christ….wait, make that “Shesus Khryst”

Images of musicians nailed to crosses is nothing new, but the cover art for Remy's 2007 mix tape created mild controversy. Could it be because she's topless?


Mac Dre as Ronald Reagan/Ronald Dregan, "Dreganomics"

Even more bizzare than the rapper comparing himself to the 40th president for this 2004 album is his odd choice of costume: a Burberry plaid hat, umbrella and pink dress shirt. Was it too hard to dig up a dark suit and black pompadour wig? Or even one of those frightening rubber Reagan Halloween masks?

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 30, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Mac Dre, Nas, Raekwon, Remy Ma, Young Jeezy  
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