Got Ya Covered: Kanye’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Album Cover

18 10 2010


Yesterday, controversial MC Kanye West released his proposed album cover for his upcoming fifth LP. His album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has been heavily talked about; from the moving portrait of “Power”, the lengthly and unique album title, the red suited performances, and now the album cover. The album cover features a painting by George Condo (who also provided both the “Power” and “Runaway” single artwork), depicting Kanye West holding a brewsky getting rode by a topless “phoenix” with no arms and a polka-dotted tail.

The album cover was banned in the United States by Wal-Mart. After releasing the artwork to his fans via Twitter, Kanye West had this to say about his artwork being banned:

“In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now.”
“In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug! ”
“So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings”

While Wal-Mart and other outlets may not have agreed with Ye’s artistic expression, he did have this to say about the reception:

“I know that cover just blew yall minds … I wish yall could see how hard I’m smiling right now!!!”

Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be in stores November 22nd!

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