Kanye West Album Cover Banned in the US

Posted October 18, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Kanye West is at it again. The cover art for forthcoming album causes much controversy.

Even when hip-hop star Kanye West promised he would keep it cool from delivering any more unnecessary controversy, he hits the red button again. This time with the drop of his official album cover for his forthcoming project, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The cover art features an illustration of a nude, demonic West resting on a blue sofa while a naked winged white phoenix, looking just as devilish, mounts the star. Def Jam, West’s record label, asked for him to come up with an alternative cover after premiering it this weekend.

According to Billboard:

“Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!” he said shortly after about the George Condo-created image, followed by a couple of other tweets in reference to it, including: “I know that cover just blew yall minds … I wish yall could see how hard I’m smiling right now!!!” and “In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers.

West continued to ramble about his misfortunes. “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity,” he added. “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.”

The album is slated to drop in stores November 22.

So what do you think? Art or too-hot-for-MTV?

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