During Pusha’s interview with Angie Martinez on Wednesday night, the rapper revealed West scrapped the artwork for Pusha T’s forthcoming album, “Daytona,” and replaced it with a sinister image of what he claims is the late singer’s bathroom.
“1 a.m., my phone rings, no caller-ID,” Pusha told Martinez. “‘Hey, yeah, I think that we should change the artwork. I like this other artwork.’ Now this other artwork is 85 grand. 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 with this music. I’ma pay for that.’”
Steadfast on changing Pusha’s album cover, West offered a pricier alternative. He cajoled his G.O.O.D. Music cohort into changing the album cover and later paid $85,000 — out of his own pocket — to use a 2006 photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom, according to Hip-Hop-N-More. The ominous flick displays drugs scattered all throughout the bathroom and spraypainted figures gracing the desecrated walls. In a 2013 memoir titled Remembering Whitney, Houston’s mom re-enacted the time she walked into her daughter’s bathroom mortified by what she had just seen.
“They were evil eyes, staring out like a threat. And in another room, there was a big, framed photo of Nippy [Whitney’s nickname], Bobby [Brown] and Krissi [daughter Bobbi Kristina}, but someone had cut Nippy’s head right out of it.” Take a look at the photo below. Also, you can check out Pusha’s interview with Angie below. Daytona drops Friday. Billboard reached out to Pusha’s reps for comment.
This is not the first controversial album cover from Kanye, earlier this year he put his late mothers’ plastic surgeon as his album cover.