West revealed the cover of his upcoming album, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' over the weekend on his Twitter, immediately implying that it had been banned. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few ..." Kanye tweeted, adding, "Banned in the USA!!! They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!"
The (please note, the image may offend some) illustration was done by contemporary American painter/sculptor George Condo, the same man responsible for Kanye's 'Power' single, and portrays a demonic-looking Kanye laying on a blue bed while an equally demonic white woman with no arms, wings and a polka-dot tail straddles him. They are both naked in the illustration.
"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," West continued tweeting. "In the '70s album covers had actual nudity ... It's so funny that people forget that ... Everything has been so commercialized now." While Kanye was up-in-arms over the censorship of 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' he went on to insist he, "really [doesn't think] about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers."
An unnamed source familiar with West's discussions with his label, Island Def Jam, told the Los Angeles Times the rapper was "strongly urged" to use a different cover image but was told that "if he wanted to do it, the label would stand behind him."
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