A collaboration with artist/director Mark Brambilla and New York artist George Condo Kanye had them design his album art for his upcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Mark Brambilla was the brains behind Kanye’s creatively designed, “POWER” music video.
As far as this album cover is concerned, I don’t really see the big deal here whatsoever. What happened to “art” and the impact it has on the world. Apparently multiple distributors denied sales of the album, with some mention of Wal-Mart’s involvement. The album is supposed to be him and what he called, his “phoenix.” Kanye had referenced to past album art work with nudity by Nirvana, David Bowie, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and John Lennon. If the people don’t like the artwork then don’t buy it. It’s absolutely hilarious that distributors think they can make an impact on the exposure of a product. I’ve seen this album cover about 3000 times today!!! I wouldn’t have seen it that many times in my whole life if this hadn’t happened, which is kind of counterproductive from their eyes.
-Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC