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It cost $85,000 to change the artwork for the Kanye-produced Pusha T album

A harrowing image of Whitney Houston's bathroom fronts 'DAYTONA'

  • Dave Turner
  • 25 May 2018
It cost $85,000 to change the artwork for the Kanye-produced Pusha T album

Pusha T's new album 'DAYTONA' arrived today (May 25) after producer Kanye West let the world know what he'd been working on.

Everything was ready to go, but Pusha has revealed Kanye had a last-minute change of mind about the artwork and made him aware of it at 1am on Thursday morning, just a day before the album was due to drop.

Speaking to American radio host Angie Martinez, Pusha said: "The [original] artwork was pictures that we all agreed on. He picked this photographer, we took these pictures. We picked the pictures. Great. We love it. Everything is good.”

However, Kanye decided a 2006 photo of Whitney Houston's bathroom, filled with drug paraphernalia, would be better, saying "this is what the people need to see to go along with this music."

Licensing the image cost $85,000, a fee Pusha didn't want to pay, so Kanye paid for it instead.

The seven-track 'DAYTONA' is just 21 minutes long, with Kanye lending his vocals on one track. Rick Ross is another collaborator.

An album from Kanye is due on June 1, while a collaborative effort with Kid Cudi is expected on June 8, before Nas' album comes out on June 15 and Teyana Taylor's on June 22.

Dave Turner is Mixmag's Digital News Editor, follow him on Twitter

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