Nearly a month after the release of Kanye West‘s chart-topping Yeezus solo album, some notable celebrities have taken their artistic talent and added their own touches to his cover art.
Various industry celebrities like tattoo veteran Mister Cartoon and actor James Franco added some must-see designs to Ye’s new LP.
Kanye promised the world Yeezy Season–pop-up projections worldwide, the unveiling of a new colorway for his cult sneaker, a capsule collection with A.P.C. and, ya know, one truly dark, envelope-pushing, brilliant-ass album. And Mr. West delivered. Yet there were none of the typical record label promotional tools–no singles on the radio, no music videos. Nothing except these simple posters: the words PLEASE ADD GRAFFITTI on the top, Def Jam’s logo on the bottom, and an image of what could be any blank CD with red tape. We took Kanye’s invitation into our own hands and mailed a poster to five of our favorite artists: ESPO, Curtis Kulig, Wil Fry, Mister Cartoon, and James Franco (yes, that James Franco). Here’s what they sent back. (GQ)
While Cartoon drew inspiration from Ye’s girlfriend Kim Kardashian, Franco cited 2000’s flick American Psycho.
Mister Cartoon – World-renowned tattoo artist. Artist’s take: “I got inspiration from Kim Kardashian’s eye. Also inking my name up on the poster felt like I was tagging on a bathroom wall back in the day.” James Franco – Thespian Artist’s take: “I was asked to get axed in an American Psycho-themed commercial for Kanye, but instead of getting cut up, I made a cut-up American Psycho piece for him.” (GQ)
Days prior to its release, Ye revealed his new album’s simple cover art.
On Friday (May 31), DJ Semtex revealed what’s being billed as the official cover, and it looks like the folks over at DONDA decided to tone things down a bit in comparison to the artwork that Kim Kardashian revealed on Ye’s behalf about a week ago. Just as Kanye was getting ready to hit the “SNL” stage to perform “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead” last week, Kardashian Instagrammed a photo that included a pair of the unreleased all-red Air Yeezy 2 sneakers and a picture of a crushed CD case held together with a piece of red gaffer tape, topped with melted Jesus piece. The latest image, however, includes none of the golden goop. It simply depicts a CD case (with disc inside), the same red gaffer tape with the word “Yeezus” scrawled on it and a note in all-caps compelling fans to “Please Add Graffiti.” (MTV)
In May, Kim Kardashian unveiled what most believed to be the album cover.
Apparently, his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, is also part of his marketing team. She posted a photo on Instagram Saturday night showing the album artwork for Yeezus alongside a pair of the rapper’s Air Yeezy sneakers, which he designed for Nike. “#Yeezus #RedYeezy’s #SNL #Tonight #NewSlaves #YeezySeason #Donda #June18,” she captioned the image. (USA Today)