According to Pusha-T, who is involved in his own beef with Drake at the moment, Kanye produced his album Daytona and decided to change the cover art at the last minute, paying a reported $85,000 for the rights to a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom. The photo was taken in Houston’s home after an alleged drug binge, and includes photos of drugs and paraphernalia.
Pusha told Angie Martinez, “He changed my artwork last night at 1 a.m. He changed my artwork at 1 a.m. ’cause he wasn’t feeling it.” According to Pusha, the original cover art “was pictures that we all agreed on. He picked this photographer, I took these pictures, I was like, ‘Yo, these are fresh.’ We picked all of these pictures out, he had a little edit to it, how he wanted the actual grading of the picture to look. Picked the picture, it’s great, we love it! Boom, boom, boom, it’s good. 1 A.M., my phone rings. No caller ID. ’Yo, I think we should change the artwork…’” Pusha said that he “loves” Kanye’s choice.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 25, 2018
After seeing the cover, Brown asked Rolling Stone, “Why would he post that on his album cover?” He continued on to say, “That’s really disgusting that he would do that. That’s in really bad taste.”
Brown, who was married to Houston from 1992 to 2007, said, “Something should happen to Kanye. He’s already crazy. I knew that when I first met him. Now he’s pushing the bar a little bit.” Exactly what should happen to Kanye West in Bobby Brown’s opinion? “He needs somebody to slap him up or something. And I’m just the person to do it.”
Houston’s estate also issued a statement saying that they are “extremely disappointed” in Kanye’s decision to use the photo.
Bobby Brown performs “Every Little Step” with the help of Teyana Taylor as a surprise to her mother, Nikki.