By Chris Yuscagave
If you haven’t heard by now, Kanye West took to his Twitter account Sunday afternoon to announce that the cover for his forthcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, has been banned. By who, you ask? We’re not sure since ’Ye didn’t specify whether it was his record label Def Jam, retailers like Walmart or some other corporate entity that decided to can the concept behind his latest artistic effort.
“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,” he tweeted in reference to the grunge band’s infamous 1991 album cover, Nevermind.
Either way, one thing remains clear: The cover for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is apparently a little too twisted for someone out there. But if we’re going to start banning rap album covers because they could potentially be offensive to consumers, why stop there? Why not ban all album covers that could be harmful to the eyes of some? With that in mind, RapFix gathered 10 recent rap album covers that could be construed as offensive.* Cover your eyes.
The Album Cover: Jay-Z’s The Hits Collection Vol. 1
The Image: A photo of Hova’s recognizable Dynasty diamond symbol
Who Might Be Offended: People who believe in conspiracy theories
What’s gonna be on the cover of Vol. 2? A picture of Hov and the rest of the Illuminati kicking it with the devil in Area 51? A blueprint for another government-inspired 9/11-like event? A map to Jimmy Hoffa’s whereabouts? Seriously: How far are you gonna take this, Jay?
The Album Cover: Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday
The Image: A photo of Miss Minaj dressed up as a Barbie-like ballerina with super-long legs and no arms
Who Might Be Offended: People with no arms and/or brain damage
There’s a lot going on on Nicki’s cover for her forthcoming debut. She’s (of course) got on a pink wig and pink shoes as she sits against a pink background. But she also has no arms. And, judging by her facial expressions, there’s not much going on upstairs—if you know what we mean. Is she making fun of people with disabilities here?
The Album Cover: Waka Flocka Flame’s Flockaveli
The Image: A photo of a shirtless Waka Flocka covered in blood
Who Might Be Offended: People who need blood transfusions
So, Americans donate blood every day to try and help others who might need it—and Waka Flocka is just out here wasting blood like it grows on trees? Good grief. Get this thing off stores shelves NOW!
The Album Cover: Canibus’s C of Tranquility
The Image: A photo of Canibus written upside-down and backwards
Who Might Be Offended: People who don’t have dyslexia
The concept of this album cover is simple, Canibus (by the way, you’re still putting out albums?!), but the whole upside-down and backwards spelling of stuff makes reading the title of your album difficult for anyone without a learning disability. Therefore: !dennad need ev’uoY
The Album Cover: Joe Budden’s Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst
The Image: A photo of Joe Budden taking a drag from a cigarette
Who Might Be Offended: People who are trying to quit smoking
Oh, so while millions of Americans are out here trying to kick the habit, you’re just gonna light up right in front of them, Joey? Disgraceful. Stay over in the smoking section if you’re gonna be like that.
The Album Cover: Vado’s Slime Flu
The Image: A photo of Vado wearing a suit and exhaling smoke
Who Might Be Offended: People who are trying to quit smoking!
Don’t you guys get it, guys?! NO. MORE. SMOKING!
The Album Cover: Gucci Mane’s The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted
The Image: A photo of five different Gucci Manes standing in a police lineup
Who Might Be Offended: People with multiple personality disorder.
“I’m Gucci Mane!” “No, I’m Gucci Mane!” “No, I’m Gucci Mane!” “No, Iiiii’m…” Um, yeah. Gucci took Lil Wayne’s “I got so many styles, I am a group” lyric from Drake’s “Miss Me” to a whole other level on this album cover. It’s like we don’t even know who you are anymore, dude.
The Album Cover: Chingy’s Success & Failure
The Image: A photo of Chingy standing in front of the city of St. Louis
Who Might Be Offended: People who believe everything they see
Attention, major label artists: This is the type of cover you can expect if you ever sign to an indie label. Sorry, Chingy, but the whole city is not behind you. At least not in this picture. Word to Photoshop.
The Album Cover: The Pack’s Wolfpack Party
The Image: A photo of the four members of The Pack standing behind four young ladies who have had their faces blurred out for some reason
Who Might Be Offended: People who do not support censorship
Talk about a Photoshop FAIL. Looks like someone either forgot to get these ladies’ consent forms signed. Either way, their digitally-altered mugs give a whole new meaning to the idea of a “censored CD”—and some people might not like that.
The Album Cover: Big L’s The Return of the Devil’s Son
The Image: A photo of Big L throwing up a peace sign amidst a chaotic background
Who Might Be Offended: People who think Jay-Z’s The Hit Collection Vol. 1 is offensive
More allusions to the devil? Oh, hell no! If Jay and L think they’re going to get over on us with all this devil talk, they’ve got anything thing coming.
*Obviously, we’re kidding. Walmart, Best Buy, moms-and-pops record shops— please don’t ban any of these albums! We’re just trying to make a point. If Kanye West wants to put that weird painting on the front of his next album, we say, ’Why not?’ It’s his Dark Twisted Fantasy, after all, right? Trust us: We’ve seen way worse!
Have you ever been offended by an album cover? Do you think Kanye West’s album cover should be banned? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!