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Kanye West spends $85,000 for the cover of Pusha T album featuring Whitney Houston bathroom photo

Kanye West spends $85,000 for the cover of Pusha T album featuring Whitney Houston bathroom photo
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The 2006 image that Kanye West thought would best fit the album cover of Pusha T’s Daytone , features the Drug paraphernalia. The image has been the best prop for Kanye who emerges as the best drug storyteller.

Kanye West did not think twice before licensing the image of Whitney Houston’s drug-strewn bathroom and paid $85000, for using the tainted image for his Pusha T’s new album, Daytona’s cover. [The Guardian]

Pusha T recently shared the story behind the image with the radio host Angie Martinez and shared that Kanye West changed the cover artwork at last minute. He had called him at 1 am to share that he had changed it.

Pusha T quotes Kanye’s exact words: “This is what people need to see to go along with this music.”

Decided on sticking to Whitney Houston’s image as the album cover, West, also offered the photographer a pricier alternative and he persuaded G.O.O.D. Music into changing the album cover and he later paid $85,000 for the image. [Hip-Hop-N-More]

The photograph was taken in Whitney Houston’s Atlanta home back in 2006. It was after an alleged drug binge and the photograph shows the drug paraphernalia of consuming cocaine. The image became public and was released post Houston’s death at the Beverly Hilton hotel in February 2012. Death was caused by drowning - effects of coronary heart disease and consuming cocaine.

The album was originally named King Push which was to follow the release of “King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude,” in December 2015. But the release was delayed. Kanye West announced in twitter that the album would be finally released on May 25 by Def Jam and his own label Good Music. [The Guardian]

Pusha T shared in a series of tweets: I changed the album title from “King Push” to “DAYTONA” because I felt it didn’t represent the overall message of this body of work. “DAYTONA” represents the fact that I have the luxury of time. That luxury only comes when u have a skill set that your confident in.

Kanye West tweeted: Daytona is the first project out of Wyoming. I’m really proud of what we put together. We’ve spent a year and a half digging for samples and writing. I really appreciate the overwhelmingly positive response that we’ve been receiving.


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