The new artwork has been revealed to replace Virgil Abloh‘s much-hated original art for the cover of late rapper Pop Smoke‘s posthumous album titled Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon.
The original cover failed to inspire Pop Smoke’s fans, who trashed the cover – and Abloh’s artistic design skills – on social media.
The 39-year-old artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection unveiled the cover, a grayscale picture of Pop Smoke surrounded by metallic roses and barbed wire, in a since-deleted Instagram post on Monday.
Captioning the snap, Abloh wrote: “the last conversation i had with @realpopsmoke was about what we were gonna do in the future. this album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. He mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from the concrete of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
But many fans of the 20-year-old rapper, who was shot and killed in L.A. in February, expressed their bitter disappointment in the image.
Very disappointed in the cover art for Pop Smokes album. It’s obviously a fail. Might be a small detail to some, but it still matters. It’s his posthumous album and you just give it that laziness? Cmon man
— Art Jonzz (@TheLinesOfArt) June 29, 2020
The record label chose to stick with the rose theme for the new cover art. The new image is a single metallic rose on a black background.
The reviews for the new cover art were mixed.
“I still don’t like this shit,” one fan wrote on Instagram.
“Imagine everyone clowning on u for making a bad album cover just for it to b a rose at tha end,” wrote another user.
“That’s better than Virgil shit,” wrote a third user.
Some fans submitted their own album cover art to replace Abloh’s cover.
Heard we needed a new Pop Smoke cover since Virgil fumbled.. pic.twitter.com/GJIb6iemHj
— Vido™? (@Vido_Ehh) June 30, 2020
My style isn’t for everyone but here’s my take on the popsmoke cover art. Enjoy ? pic.twitter.com/rCedQZ5YTR
— Gibb ? (@BelmerGabrielle) June 30, 2020
how Pop Smoke’s album cover should’ve looked pic.twitter.com/RQZxm2rUTF
— jett ? (@JettSzn) June 30, 2020
— ????? (@saintbravado) June 30, 2020
— luva (@drmgrll) June 30, 2020
IIDYEIV X POP SMOKE COVER ART ??? pic.twitter.com/oVm5MfAYlz
— IIDYEIV (@IIDYEIVYOU) June 30, 2020
— Budzdsgn (@budzdsgn) July 1, 2020
Pop Smoke Cover Concept by me?? pic.twitter.com/qRXMySvSAw
— Ty?? (@ItsJusTyArt) July 1, 2020