In hip-hop news, the album artwork for Pusha T’s latest album DAYTONA has caused controversy due to its provocative album artwork; a photo of Whitney Houston’s drug-riddled bathroom from 2006.
I finally got my album art… #DAYTONA 5/25
In an interview with Angie Martinez on New York’s Power 105, Pusha T confirmed that Kanye West, DAYTONA’s producer, paid $85,000 for the rights to the image. After learning about Kanye’s intention to use the image as album artwork, Pusha T said “I’m not really too, too, too entrenched in the art world like that. I’m just going to let him do that thing. And he’s paying for it.”
However, the image has understandably hit a sore spot with Houston’s family and her fanbase. Damon Elliot, Houston’s cousin and a music producer, spoke to People magazine saying that upon seeing the image used for DAYTONA, he “immediately got sick to [his] stomach because it took [him] right back to six years ago.”
“To do something for a publicity stunt to sell records, it’s absolutely disgusting,” he continued. “It hurt my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky.”
In the same story, Elliot said that he wants to see the image switched out for something else as well as an apology from West. Both seem unlikely, but sound off in the comments about your thoughts on the controversial album artwork below.