Mega rapper and producer, Kanye West, took to Twitter stating that the cover art for his upcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album had been banned. But according to the artist’s label, Island Def Jam, Kanye was strongly advised to consider alternate cover art, but stated that he can use the current art if he wants to, and that they would stand behind him.
Sunday night, Kanye tweeted, “Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few.” Three hours later, he tweeted a link to his cover art for his highly-anticipated sixth studio album. The cover shows a painting of a demonic looking Kanye straddled by a nude woman–equally demonic looking with angel wings and a polka dot tail.
Kanye tweets, “Banned in the US!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix.”
The outspoken emcee continues to discuss his racy album cover tweeting, “In the 70s album covers had actual nudity . . . It’s so funny that people forget that.” Kanye also mentioned Nirvana’s classic album, Nevermind, which shows a photo of a nude baby.
The “Let’s Have A Toast” artist’s ban refers to mass-market retailer Walmart. Def Jam is supposedly concerned that Walmart and Best Buy won’t stock the album, due in stores November 22.
Kanye tweets again, “In all honesty . . . I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers.”
But what about fans of the artist’s music, who could be potentially disgusted by his album’s cover?
While Kanye has been largely outspoken about racial and LGBT injustices, this cover art is outright sexually exploitive. The artist is paramount for pushing societal buttons, but has he gone too far this time?
Unfortunately, the usual creative and norm-pushing emcee’s latest antics in the form of lyrical and visual eccentricities comes off as being a bit desperate. Seems Kanye is trying so hard to be artistically form-bending that he’s content–lyrical and visual–is becoming borderline absurd.
The most fascinating thing about Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy cover art is that it’s equally offensive as his now infamous Taylor Swift “VMAs” interruption. But while the album might be banned by a major retailer, we’re not likely to see an onslaught of public criticism remotely comparable to his Taylor Swift incident.
I challenge us to ask ourselves why.
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