This time, it goes beyond any pro-Donald Trump or slavery rhetoric, however. Yeezy put his money where his mouth (and Pusha’s album) is, and footed $85,000 for a photo of the bathroom belonging to the late gospel and R&B-soul vocal legend Whitney Houston. And it’s not just any photo, but a rather controversial one that Yeezy insisted be used as the album artwork for the Virginia rapper’s new Daytona studio album.
Pusha sat down with radio hostess and media personality Angie Martinez earlier this week to discuss the rather interesting cover art choice. He revealed that it was, indeed, Yeezy’s idea, and he’d only changed the idea for the artwork just the night prior. Why, might you ask? The GOOD Music leader simply “wasn’t feeling it,” Pusha explained.
“The [original] artwork was pictures that we all agreed on,” he elaborated of the previous idea for Daytona’s cover. He added that Kanye even picked the photographer who snapped the original album art, but as we’ve all learned to become familiar with of ‘Ye’s temparment, he suddenly changed his mind. The 2006 photo of Whitney’s bathroom was apparently far more appealing to Kanye, which shows drugs strewn across the disorderly bathroom sink.
Hip Hop N More made the connection after digging up the old photo from nearly two decades ago. According to the site, the flick comes from a Daily Record tabloid in 2012 intended to expose Whitney’s substance abuse as well, titled “Whitney Houston: Shocking picture gave world insight into troubled life of super star singer.”
In addition to the eery photo, King Push fans have their hands on even more details from the album after he released the seven-record tracklist with only two features (Rick Ross and ‘Ye) and a few interesting titles such as, “What Would Meek Do?” His “Infrared” track also takes another dig at his OVO Sound rival, Drake.
Looks (and sounds) like Daytona will definitely be one for the books.
See Pusha’s $85,000 album artwork that’s got fans scratching their heads and his full interview with Martinez below.
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