Kanye’s NSFW My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Art and the Top 5 Censored Rap Album Covers

10/18/2010 4:27 PM |

Kanye West George Condo Banned My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy cover

As you must know by now, Kanye West and George Condo’s cover (above) for the former’s upcoming record My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (out November 22), which depicts, in Ye’s words, ” me chilling on the couch with my phoenix,” has been scrapped because stores like Best Buy and Walmart refused to stock it. While we wait to see what the replacement will look like, here are four more censored hip-hop album covers.

The Coup Party Music album covers

Party Music (2001) by The Coup: Originally scheduled to drop on September 11, 2001, the Oakland duo’s eerily prescient album cover (above left) had them partying under exploded World Trade Center towers. The release was pushed back to November 6 of that year, and a more generic cover (above right) was selected.

Master P Ghetto Dope album cover

Ghetto D (1997) by Master P: Not only the cover, but also the title of P’s only album worth knowing (because of the superb track “Make ‘Em Say Uhh!“) was changed when the original (above right) was pulled from the shelves for the words “Ghetto Dope” and the image of a man smoking crack. The replacement cover (above left) is a classic No Limit collage masterpiece.

Ice-T home invasion cover

Home Invasion (1993) by Ice-T: Sire/Warner Bros. refused to release Ice-T’s album because of the cover art depicting a white kid listening to rap music and reading Malcolm X while black men break into his home and appear to have killed his father and be raping his mother. T originally agreed to rename the record “The Black Album” and have an all-black cover, but instead left the label and released the album on Priority Records with the original cover art.

Paris Devil Made Me Do It Covers

The Devil Made Me Do It (1990) by Paris: The original cover (above right) of the controversial San Fran MC’s debut record showed a white cop choke-holding a black youth. The replacement was a nice headshot of Paris (above right). His next album, 1992’s Sleeping With the Enemy, encountered similar cover censorship issues.

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