Kanye West really stays stirring the pot when it comes to social media and outrage.
After the controversy of his profession of love for Donald Trump, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, and claiming that “slavery was a choice,” things seemed quiet for West–who has been in Wyoming working on several albums with his record label GOOD Music. On Friday, Pusha T’s new album “DAYTONA” dropped–produced by Kanye West himself.
Daytona is the first project out of Wyoming. I’m really proud of what we put together. We’ve spent a year and a half digging for samples and writing. I really appreciate the overwhelmingly positive response that we’ve been receiving. ???
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 24, 2018
The cover art for the album was also released by West and Pusha T on social media. The photo–which Kanye West paid $85,000 for–is a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom filled with illegal drugs. The photo was taken without permission and sold to the media–and West spent the huge sum to use it for the DAYTONA cover.
album 1 PUSHA T DAYTONA dropping 2mrw pic.twitter.com/M1UPvax5fa
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 24, 2018
Many people online and in the media are angry and outraged that the rappers would use this as an album cover–seeing as Houston passed in a bathroom after complications with cocaine. Her daughter, as well, passed in a bathroom as well. Both women suffered from drug addictions. West–who also recently opened up about his opioid addiction problems–clearly is being a hypocrite by using someone else’s struggle with addiction to sell records.
According to BET, Houston’s family is disgusted that West would exploit their family members in such a way. Twitter shares in the disgust.
Kanye West claims 2 have been suffering from opiate addiction himself. Instead of exploiting Whitney Houston’s struggles 4 his own personal gain, why doesn’t he post a picture of his own drug stash? What he’s doing isn’t “edgy” or “artsy”; it’s exploitative, wrong & disrespectful
— Jackie Talks Nerdy ☔️ (@JackieTalkNerdy) May 24, 2018
Black women can't even get respect in fucking death. Kanye can keep rowing his boat to hell for this Whitney picture.
— ajua bliss (@juasnua) May 24, 2018
This is awful. A photo of Whitney Houston's bathroom as your album cover?? What the actual fuck is wrong with Kanye? https://t.co/ncZz1EvWdu
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) May 24, 2018
To disrespect a titan like Whitney Houston, to reduce her legacy to a single image of a place and time in her life, is EXACTLY what Kanye seems to complain that the media does to him all the time. Indeed, the irony.
— Toyin Ojih Odutola (@obia_thethird) May 24, 2018
The Shaderoom posted an article about Kanye paying 85k for Whitney Houston’s Bathroom Pic for Pusha T’s album cover.
Somebody said “Why he ain’t just use a pic of his momma surgery table?” ?
— Li-Fen ? (@shirleyyg_) May 24, 2018
Since Kanye Got Whitney Houston’s Bathroom As Pusha T Cover, Somebody Use The Bathroom Kim Kardashian Got Robbed In As An Album Cover
— Jean (@xankadaver) May 24, 2018
Since kanye and pusha wanna do that goofy shit to Whitney Houston. Snoop should do an album cover of the room kim k got robbed in, in Paris or his mom’s surgery table see how much he likes it, ole fat ugly cheeky bastard.
— Bejá the Babe (@belledae) May 25, 2018
Kanye doesn’t care about black women or black culture. If we keepin it a bean. Someone who did would never do something like that to Queen Whitney.
— Armand (@YearOfDaBoss) May 24, 2018
kanye west is beyond pathetic and disgusting for using that picture of whitney’s bathroom lol
— َ (@miIlionreasons) May 25, 2018
How is this genius? This is disrespectful on numerous levels both to Whitney, god rest her soul, Bobbi Kristina, and Bobby Brown and Whitney’s Family. I thought about buying the album before this but unless Kanye changes it (Which he won’t)They won’t get a penny. @DishNation ?
— ??? ??? (@taylor_madken15) May 24, 2018
He wouldn’t dare use photos from his mother’s death scene so why use photos from Whitney’s death scene ??? I’m really very turned off about this. Kanye is really so self serving it’s disgusting
— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) May 25, 2018
After Amy died, white media/public came together to erase the media spectacle surrounding her final days from our minds. I am glad they did. Push t and mad man kanye decided to make a spectacle of Whitney’s pain and suffering. Shame on both of them.
— EZHA? (@wefitu12) May 25, 2018
Clearly i won’t be buying the Pusha T album like i thought… i don’t want the Chris Brown song and Kanye can go to hell, but to use the pick of Whitney’s bathroom for the album cover?
— Read it twice more BEFORE you quote/reply (@CNRush) May 24, 2018
if kanye west doesn’t have a problem with buying a photo of whitney houston’s bathroom , then he should keep the same energy if someone ever released a pic / video of him taking opioids ? #KanyeWest #daytona
— rania ?⚔️ (@raniamajied) May 26, 2018
Kanye and Pusha T really disrespected Whitney and her family
— The Instigator (@Am_Blujay) May 26, 2018
Kanye West is threatened by powerful successful women. He always targets them in his work. Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Whitney Houston.
— Globelamp (@globelamp) May 25, 2018
some of yall missed the point on how kanye using the photo of whitney’s bathroom is disrespectful. it doesnt matter if it was taken before she died – it was taken when she was suffering n in an incredibly dark place. using something like that is so insensitive stop being ignorant
— el 21 (@fixedmyhearts) May 26, 2018
Why disrespect a legend for some artwork? Why exploit someone else's struggle with drugs when you have your own? These, & other questions, in my @theGrio piece about Kanye West's latest mess: Whitney Houston's supposed drug paraphernalia as album art. https://t.co/8NkdQjwvDC
— Kyra Kyles (@thekylesfiles) May 25, 2018