Pusha T’s new album “Daytona” drops on Friday (May 25) and while it’s been anticipated for quite some time, it’s artwork will probably give it an even bigger buzz.
The cover is a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom from her Atlanta home, which shows white powder, liquor and drug paraphernalia. Pusha said the idea to use the image was Kanye West’s, who happened to produce the whole album.
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Pusha also explained that using the picture was a last minute idea, and it cost West a whopping $85,000 out of his own pocket for licensing. It turned out that West agreed to foot the entire bill since he already approved an image then changed his mind.
“He changed my artwork at 1:00 a.m., ‘cause he wasn’t feeling it,” Pusha told Angie Martinez. “It was pictures we had all agreed on.”
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The “Daytona” album is the first of five Kanye West-produced LPs that’s supposed to hit next week, including his collaboration project with Kid Cudi and Nas’ new release.
Earlier this month, after he angered many with his “slavery-was-a-choice-comments, West went back to a posh resort in Wyoming where he’s been recording on and off for the past year or so.
Meanwhile, Pusha said the Chicago rapper’s support of Donald Trump and his harsh words against Obama have made it awkward for him since he’s worked with Obama and Hillary Clinton on prison reform.
The Clipse member also said he doesn’t agree with any of West’s statements regarding politics, which is why they avoid the subject altogether.
“I’m totally against it,” said Pusha, who’s also the president of West’s record label GOOD Music. “To me, the prison reform thing is so dear and near to me, right? It’s something I know we can’t even tackle with Trump. So, there’s nothing I even want to hear in regards to [Trump], a point of view, anything. I’m cool. We’re at a loss already.”
“When the conversation comes up, and [Kanye and I are] engaged in conversation, I just say what it is that I feel, regardless of what it’s about,” he added. “Other than that, no, I’m not just bringing up political conversations. And he knows not to bring up political conversations with me. It’s just not happening.”
So far no one from the Whitney Houston estate has responded to a photo of the singer’s bathroom being used. For now, you can see Pusha’s full interview below.