Kanye West’s new cover art for ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ banned

Kanye West makes his way to the Phillip Lim Fashion Show in New York City, New York on September 15, 2010. Fame Pictures, Inc

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. So… Kanye West has a new album coming out. The album is called…My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Because Kanye is a 13-year-old Goth girl who thinks The Cure is the most important band, EVER, in the whole world and history of music. The name alone is enough to make you laugh at Kanye. But Kanye is too wonderful to only give us an ulbum name to chuckle at. Kanye tweeted the cover art for his album yesterday… and it is spectacular. Go to the end of the post to see this sh-t. It’s amazing. Even MORE amazing? It got banned! Kanye sent out a flurry of awesome tweets bitching about how his album was banned too… my favorite line: “They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!” Best. Line. Ever.



[From Kanye’s Twitter]

My second favorite line is about Nirvana. You know what cover he’s talking about? This one. A naked baby on Nevermind. Yes, Kanye is correct, it’s still nudity. Gawker also pointed out that Kanye still isn’t as awesome as Jane’s Addiction – when Ritual de lo Habitual’s artsy nudity was banned, Jane’s Addiction just changed their cover art into the first amendment. Of course, that was all before Kanye wanted to represent with some phoenixes, yo.


NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Kanye West attends the Rodarte Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Dia:Chelsea on September 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

Album cover courtesy of Gawker.

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  1. devilgirl says:

    The Cure is an important band. I am not 13 nor a Goth.

  2. Lynn says:

    What a tool. If my kid saw this on the shelves he’d be all ” Mommy, why is that scary monster humping that man while he drinks a 7Up? ”
    Offer us something besides shock value shit please.

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm Its a little odd. I can’t even imagine what its supposed to mean. I am surprised Kanye thought this would get approved. However its not a photograph, its a painting and there is tons of nude art in the world and if a child goes to an art museum, which some parents do take their kids to art museums they will see alot of nudity. I guess the seemingly sexual nature with the bird woman on top of the naked man was the real issue.

    Its also such a small image, surrounded by red border, a child would really have to be looking at it up close, a parent, if they really didn’t want their child to see it could keep their kid away from it.

    I will admit his chilling with a Phoenix tweet was very funny.

  4. ruru says:

    That is one fugly cover! I’m all for freedom of speech, but I think whoever banned this was doing everyone in the world a favour.

  5. javelin says:

    it’s a variation on Francis Bacon’s aesthetic and style

  6. jane says:

    @ devil girl…agreed. i’m 34 and still love them.

  7. Oi says:

    Oh, come on. there’s nothing there that’s that bad. And you have to look to see what it is. Geeeez people.

  8. Lenore says:

    They probably banned it for fear of all the lawsuits from the relatives of people who saw it and died laughing.

    Is there an amendment for the protection of the right to commit WTFery? The Kanye amendment?

  9. Shay says:

    I’m thinking it was intentional. No one has been really interested in Kanye of late, so this faux angry tweets are supposed to generate controversy so people buy his crap CD.

  10. Kayla says:

    Totally agree with @ruru . Even if this cover didn’t have the nudity, there is no denying it is REALLY f’ing ugly.

  11. Praise St. Angie! says:

    meanwhile, a half naked 17 year old holding assault weapons on the cover of a magazine is OK.

    I realize it’s not the same censors, but it’s still ridiculous.

  12. mln says:

    I can think of a dozen album covers off the top of my head with nudity both illustrated and real. The people who decide this stuff need to go to a museum half of the most celebrated paintings/sculptures are nude.

    And finally I agree with devilgirl the Cure is a very important band.

  13. KJ says:

    “They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my pheonix.”

    Only Kanye

  14. Darlene says:

    I love the Cure. I’m 42. They’re amazing.

  15. Po says:

    Ok, I have liked most of the songs he has released on his albums but I also believe he is completely overrated. If he wrote all of his own music and lyrics I could give him a pass on his crazy. But he doesn’t do that. He hypes himself this way and plays the crazy card because if he stopped, people would look at the amount he really contributes to his own “art” and they would be less than impressed.

  16. jen says:

    I think he’s probably talking about the Nirvana cover for In Utero.

  17. RHONYC says:

    oh kanye, you scamp. lol 🙂

  18. Kayleigh says:

    They probably didn’t ban the Nirvana cover because the nudity is not sexual. This thing I guess is sexual, I think?

  19. Trillion says:

    I know I’m using a tired art cliche here, but really, it looks like a kid did it.

  20. Saor says:

    #kanyeshrug !

  21. womanfromthenorth says:

    Boy the “self portrait” looks just like him…but needs white glasses.

    And it is the having sex that gets it banned, not the shity art.

  22. Chelly says:

    that’s one creepy album cover

  23. lu says:

    He still thinks he is an artist?
    Delusional bastard.

    BTW the pic is not awful, it might be grotesque for some people, specially young ones but it isn’t something to ban. Also Coldplay did partial nudity on their new cover.

    I’m so over nudity already.

  24. girl says:

    Michael K. at Dlisted was right. It totally looks like he bought that shit through a link in Regretsy.com

  25. yessiree says:

    I agree with Kayleigh, its not that it depicts nudity, its that it depicts them screwing.

  26. Liana says:

    having been friends with the members of a band who put out an album with an original cover featuring a gaping butthole (“Origin of the Feces”) I can’t say a word.

  27. BlueTears says:

    You know, I wonder why Kanye did the “art” he did. Where in his singular brain cell did he think his art would not receive critcism?

    When you think about it, why is that demon “white”, while the other one is “brown”? To show that black men dominant white women? Or is it a reference for him wanting to f-k Taylor Swift to show his dominance after the controversy? Or an indiscreet nod that they were in cahoots all along and he’s celebrating with the beer in the hand?

  28. Lia says:

    It looks like he got someone from the local insane asylum to make the cover of the album. The poor fool hasn’t realized that he isn’t relevant anymore (not that he ever really was….). A poll on Pop-Eater showed that 92% (NOT a typo) of the people polled said they would NOT buy West’s new… um…. “effort”.

  29. Faye says:

    I can understand why he is upset. In fact, I’m chilling on the couch with my phoenix right now.

  30. wonderful says:

    I am dying laughing at this one – and to think, I wasn’t even going to click on this story.
    It looks like he spent 20 hours painting the…thing’s behind and then did the rest in a really hurried effort to make the deadline. The difference in the painting of those areas is literally COMICAL. Looks like he forgot to leave enough room for her head. Ha ha ha

  31. Reeta says:

    Wow..well ive defintely seen worse things inside and out of album covers…And whats the point of being an artist nowAdays if u cant fully express yourself….Freedom of speech my ass hole

  32. Jessy says:

    Kanya is such a retard, but if that’s what it takes to get his album sold, then so be it. Poor artists of today. Possessing talent just doesn’t cut it anymore.