Kanye West’s creativity has caused him a backlash. Earlier yesterday, the rapper took to Twitter and revealed the new cover art for Pusha T’s upcoming album DAYTONA.
As it turns out, the photo appears to be a photograph of Whitney Houston’s drug-covered bathroom that was previously published in the National Enquirer.
In an added twist, Pusha T claimed in a new interview that Kanye paid $85,000 to license the image.
“1 a.m., my phone rings, no caller-ID. ‘Hey, yeah, I think that we should change the artwork. I like this other artwork.’ Now this other artwork is 85 grand,” Pusha T explained on The Angie Martinez Show earlier this week when recalling the decision. “I said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to pay for that. And I wasn’t even going to ask you to pay for that. We picked what we picked. It’s here, it’s ready.’ ‘No, this what people need to see to go along with this music. I’ma pay for that.'”
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— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 24, 2018
Pusha added, “I love it. I actually do love it. It’s dope. I absolutely didn’t want to pay for it.”
When host Angie Martinez asked during Wednesday’s interview what the picture was, Pusha T remained mum.
“It’s a picture. To license it worldwide is $85,000,” he teased. “I’m not really too fully entrenched in the art world like that. I’m just going to let him do his thing.”
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