Was Kanye West's Album Cover Banned?

Was Kanye West's Album Cover Banned?-photo

Is Kanye West's latest album cover too hot for the USA? According to the rapper, the album covert art for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has been "banned" for a tiny painting that shows a naked woman's torso.

Kanye tweeted the cover to fans over his ever-popular Twitter feed, writing: "Banned in the USA!!!!" The outspoken entertainer added that "they don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!"

The cover features a small painting of what looks like a nude Kanye with a monster sitting on his lap. The monster (which Kanye calls his "phoenix") features a nude woman's torso with wings, jaws and a polka dot tail.

In a series of later tweets, Kanye said that he wants to "sell albums but not at the expense of [his] true creativity." He also hinted that the problem could stem from Wal-Mart not agreeing to sell the album with the risque cover.

"In all honesty....I really don't be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album cover," Kanye tweeted.

But there's still hope for Kanye: The Los Angeles Times reports that the cover is not banned but Kanye was urged by his record label to use alternate art. However, if Kanye wishes to use the original album art he was allegedly told that "the label would stand behind him."

Controversial album covers are nothing new to the music biz. The Black Crowes had to alter their album art for their album, Amorica, in 1994. Bands from The Beatles to Bow Wow Wow have also had to change their covers to appease their labels.

What do you think of Kanye's cover - does it deserve to be banned? Share your thoughts in the comments.

 

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  • Blaze Bogatinov
    Blaze Bogatinov

    They didn't censor picaso's art, why are they censoring kanye's? The media and these retail companies are fucking pathetic nowadays.

  • lickitrinaj
    lickitrinaj

    looks like me and my boyfriend.

  • rage
    rage

    f*ck all these biased asss suckers man, go f*cking ban the production of porn!! And the whole city of las vegas, new york , L.A etc!! f*cking morons!!

  • Nina
    Nina

    America is so hypocritical, it's funny. It's a lot of things that need to be banned and it's not. Walmart is putting on a front, everybody know how shady Walmart is. Ugh Kayne sucks and that album art does too. Lol. Oh well. Nothing new a whole lot of artists suck and are overrated.

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa

    No!? What's wrong with it? I see hoes being half naked on their album covers. There isn't anything explicit about this. I mean we see more nakedness on Family Guy or The Simpsons! lol Get over it. What about all these trashy music videos too? jeez

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa

    No!? What's wrong with it? I see hoes being half naked on their album covers. There isn't anything explicit about this. I mean we see more nakedness on Family Guy or The Simpsons! lol Get over it. What about all these trashy music videos too? jeez

  • joker
    joker

    This is really weird.

  • annabannana56
    annabannana56

    That's an idiotic,dumb,pointless and unoriginal. Crappy artists make crappy covers.

  • YOUNGbuddah
    YOUNGbuddah

    please,there are FAR more risque album overs out there.if anything,it's alittle weird to me.

  • biiiatch
    biiiatch

    omg it's just a body. why ban it?