Fans weren’t happy with Virgil Abloh’s work on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album cover, expressing so much discontent the late rapper’s manager Steven Victor confirmed it would be changed. In a since-deleted Instagram post, Abloh attempted to explain his much-maligned creation yet ending up catching more flack for it in the process.
“the last conversation i had with @realpopsmoke was about what we were gonna do in the future,” the famed designer wrote. “this album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. he mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose and thorns growing from concrete of of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn. in your memory I just finished it yesterday.”
He added, “as evident of the whole idea, the t-shirt insinuates it’s mandatory we put an and to this cycle of violence that plagues us, we need to shoot for the moon & aim for the stars. as heavy is it is we are celebrating your life the whole way thru. rest in peace young one.”
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This man took the entire chrome rose concept from me, ruined it with careless graphic design and then wrote some bullshit about it. So sad that someone would care this little about art, design and the memory of a human who was so loved to wrap his name up in lies and theft. For a fuller picture of this guys history of theft check the link in my bio.
In response to the post, a conceptual artist named Ryder Ripps claimed Abloh’s cover art was not only shoddy but also a ripoff. Ripps accused the Off-White founder of stealing the concept and shared a link detailing more of Abloh’s alleged theft.
“This man took the entire chrome rose concept from me, ruined it with careless graphic design and then wrote some bullshit about it,” he wrote. “So sad that someone would care this little about art, design and the memory of a human who was so loved to wrap his name up in lies and theft. For a fuller picture of this guys history of theft check the link in my bio.”
Pop’s Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon LP is scheduled to drop on Friday (July 3). The slain artist’s manager unveiled the Abloh-helmed cover art on Monday (June 29) and faced a swift blowback from fans on social media.
50 Cent, who serves as the executive producer for Pop’s upcoming project, called on Abloh to design new artwork on Tuesday morning (June 30). The G-Unit boss also said he told Victor the cover art wasn’t up to par before it was publicly unveiled.
“Hey Virgil we need new album art, they ain’t going for this bullshit,” 50 wrote Twitter. “Love ya work let’s get to it. Steven i told you this shit was eww let’s get it right! #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi.”
View the now-infamous cover art below.
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you were always shootings for the stars and aiming for the moon. everything we talked about is happening, the only thing is you’re not here in the flesh to see it all come together. you wanted Virgil to design your album cover and lead creative.. Virgil designed the album cover and led creative.. we love you and miss you more and more each day ❤️