People are pissed at Virgil Abloh’s cover art for Pop Smoke’s album ⬇️https://t.co/8RssD2MHm9— XXL Magazine (@XXL) June 30, 2020
Social media was ablaze on Monday after the cover art was revealed for deceased rapper Pop Smoke's upcoming LP.
Off-White creator Virgil Abloh, who was paid an estimated $25,000 to design the artwork, revealed the cover on his Instagram.
This what he came up with:
This is lazy. Pop Smoke deserves better. pic.twitter.com/S2hbUd840U— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) June 29, 2020
Virgil, who is also the artistic director for Louis Vuitton's menswear, explained the origin of the design in an Instagram post, which has since been deleted: ""The last conversation I had with @realpopsmoke was about what we we were gonna to do in the future. This album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. He mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from concrete of of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn."
After heavy backlash, Pop Smoke's team ultimately decided they're now going in a different direction:
"You know why you love pop your voices are loud and clear he loved his fans and listened to his fans pop and we at victor victor h e a r d you l o u d and clear - changes will be made see you July 3rd 2020."
Virgil also deleted the cover art from his Instagram feed.
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