Kanye Non-Shocker: "Banned" Cover Art Was Publicity Stunt

Kanye Non-Shocker: "Banned" Cover Art Was Publicity Stunt
Before he released his world-renowned fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, self-proclaimed douchebag and ousted dick-flasher Kanye West baited music writers with one of the most hype-filled publicity campaigns we've seen in a long time. Among the countless news stories he inspired, Kanye drew attention to himself with a supposedly "banned" album cover. Now, it's looking like the Kan-troversy controversy was intended from the beginning.

NY Mag's Vulture blog points to an article with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy artist George Condo in the print edition of the New Yorker, where Condo admits that Kanye requested something that would get banned before he commissioned it. Here's the full excerpt:

A couple of weeks before my first visit to Condo's studio, Kanye West, the rapper, asked him to do a painting for the cover of his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. West said that he had seen paintings by Condo, and wanted to collaborate with him. According to Condo, he also said that he was looking for "something that will be banned."

West came to Condo's studio, where for several hours they listened to tapes of his music, and over the next few days Condo made eight or nine paintings. Two of them were portraits of West, one in extreme closeup, with mismatched eyes and four sets of teeth. Another showed his head, crowned and decapitated, placed sideways on a white slab, impaled by a sword. There was also a painting of a dyspeptic ballerina in a black tutu, a painting of the crown and the sword by themselves in a grassy landscape, and a lurid scene of a naked black man on a bed, straddled by a naked white female creature with fearsome features, wings, no arms, and a long, spotted tail. West chose that one.


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