Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has revealed the banned cover art which was originally slated to appear on his forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.
Revealing the illustration via Twitter, Yeezy also shared his frustration with retailers like Wal-Mart.
“Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few…,” Yeezy tweeted Sunday (October 17).
“Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix! http://twitpic.com/2ykxjk”
“In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now.”
“I know that cover just blew yall minds … I wish yall could see how hard I’m smiling right now!!!”
“In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!”
“I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
In 2008, Ye’s Def Jam labelmate Jadakiss revealed he had to re-name his last album due to retail problems.
“I had to change the name of my album. Kiss My A** wasn’t testing well at retail,” he said in a video. “Not even with the exclamations or none of that. So we had to switch it to The Last Kiss.” (Best of Both Offices)
Earlier this month, West said producers like Q-Tip and RZA would be attached to his LP.
“I wanted to take it back to the essence, like the soulful people who brought knowledge–like RZA and Q-Tip. At a certain point, you need to find a better way to do it; it’s like people [in basketball] who dunk and hurt their wrist and come down on their knees too hard. Your knee’s gonna give out at a certain point. Some of my social and public-persona knees are starting to give out. I still want to run the games. I’ve just got to not get kicked up quite as hard.” (Vanity Fair)
Last month, Q-Tip discussed West’s state of mind in approaching the upcoming solo project.
“This album is, in a good way, going backwards. He’s such an artist. He knows exactly what he’s doing. When he did [808s & Heartbreaks] that was such a departure from College Dropout. But now he’s stepping backwards so this album will be more of a sonic extension of College Dropout and Graduation but he’s doing it with a new attitude. He’s looking forward but reaching back, which is interesting. It’s a calculated toe in yesterday’s water if that makes any sense at all (laughs).” (XXL Mag)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is scheduled to drop Monday, November 22nd.
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