Virgil Abloh is under fire for the album cover he designed for Pop Smoke.
On Monday, the artwork was revealed by Pop’s manager, Steven Victor. According to him, it was the Brooklyn rapper’s dream for the Louis Vuitton artistic director to design the cover. “You wanted Virgil to design your album cover and lead creative.. Virgil designed the album cover and led creative,” he wrote in a message to the late MC.
50 Cent, who executive produced Pop’s debut album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was among those who voiced his disapproval. Sharing the cover on Instagram, he took aim at the designer in the comments. “man who did this cover Lol,” wrote 50. After being informed that it was Virgil, he added, “ok FUCK VIRGIL HE’s out [sic] of here. LOL.”
In a subsequent post, he told Virgil to come up with a new cover. “Hey Virgil we need new album art, they ain’t going for this bullshit,” said Fif. “Love ya work let’s get to it. 🤔Steven i told you this shit was 😡eww let get it right!”
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