Oh Kanye, you mad genius. Yeezy might occasionally pout that no one understands him, but according to artist George Condo, Kanye West wanted his album art banned, a play for publicity that we understand all to well. As Condo reveals in a recent interview with The New Yorker, West approached him to create the cover art, meeting with Condo and listened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for five hours. Kanye told Condo he wanted a controversial image, “something that will be banned.” The artist eventually produced five paintings, one depicting a nude female phoenix that Kanye chose for the cover. And if there’s anything Middle America is squeamish about, it’s naked mythological beasts.
After the release of the cover art, Kanye claimed Wal-Mart wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t carry his album with the suggestive cover. He hit Twitter to complain: “In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now,” and “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.” Sure you don’t, Kanye. We can’t tell if this is a ultimate douchebag move or a brilliant marketing maneuver. Guess it depends on how many people bought the album. Either way we cannot wait to see the Tweet-mageddon that will hit once West realizes Condo ratted him out. All the couches and all the phoenixes in the world wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help him chill out.