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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is thankful that Xscape signed a record deal in 1992 - or he may have never met the Love of his life.

The group, from Atlanta, Ga, signed to Jermaine Dupri's boutique label So So Def in 1992, and released their debut album Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha in 1993.

The album spawned two hit singles "Just Kickin' It" and "Understanding."

The album cover for Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha featured LaTocha Scott, her sister Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, and a petite 4-foot-10 powerhouse singer named Tameka "Tiny" Cottle.

In an Instagram post on Oct. 12, T.I. reminisced about the first time he laid eyes on his future wife on the cover of Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha in 1993.

"So as the calendar has made clear it's been 28yrs since this album came out and allowed me to set my sights on the lady of my life. Congratulations Love.... you know we gon go to the moon and back bout this shit of ours & ain't no stopping it!!! I'm proud of you and all that you've done, for the culture and for ME!!! I admire your growth and willingness to accept change for advancement & the greater good of all. I love you to no end... YKWTFGO wit us. This shit ain't for the weak & you've exhibited enormous amounts of strength and resilience on our journey. I honor & respect that. But even before we met and I put you up on this Pimpin... I was a Xscape fan.... that shit ain't changed. Congratulations @jermainedupri & Congratulations to my sisters as well. It's UP!"

Tiny responded in the comments, saying:

"Awe babe..that was the sweetest… msg..U Da 1 sexy!! Married me a legend. I can't thank you enough.. I Fuk'n [Love] U Mr. H!!"

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The man featured as a naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's classic album titled Nevermind is suing the band for child sexual exploitation.

The members of Nirvana - Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic -- posed with drag queen RuPaul at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards. Cobain committed suicide by gunshot in 1994 at age 27.

Spencer Elden claims he was exploited as a 4-month-old "sex worker" when he was photographed swimming underwater, chasing a twenty dollar bill.

In a lawsuit filed at the District Court in the Central District of California, Spencer claimed he has suffered "lifelong damages" as a result of the image being used on the cover.

He said his guardians never signed a release "authorizing the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him".

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Spencer's attorney, Robert Y. Lewis, claims the album cover is pornographic because the baby is chasing money — "like a sex worker."

Spencer is seeking $150,000 in damages from each individual and entity named in the lawsuit. A total of 17 defendants are named in the lawsuit ($2.5 million).

In addition to attorney fees, an injunction to prohibit all parties from "continuing to engage in the unlawful acts and practices described herein," and a trial by jury.

He named the members of Nirvana, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, Cobain's ex-wife Courtney Love, photographer Kirk Weddle, and various record labels as defendants.

Spencer alleged that they "knowingly produced, possessed, and advertised commercial child pornography depicting Spencer, and they knowingly received value in exchange for doing so."

He added "the Defendants failed to take reasonable steps to protect Spencer and prevent his widespread sexual exploitation and image trafficking."

"Defendants used child pornography depicting Spencer as an essential element of a record promotion scheme commonly utilized in the music industry to get attention, wherein album covers posed children in a sexually provocative manner to gain notoriety, drive sales, and garner media attention, and critical reviews."

There is one hurdle standing in Spencer's way to convince a judge that he is a victim.

In 2013, then-22-year-old Spencer recreated the Nirvana Nevermind album cover for a magazine photo shoot. He is seen chasing a dollar in a swimming pool.

At the time, Spencer said he was proud of his notoriety as the baby on the cover of Nevermind. He said the money he received for the album cover helped pay his college expenses.

He also had the album name "Nevermind" tattooed on his chest.

The lawsuit comes after Elden gave an interview to GQ Australia back in 2016, when he admitted he was "p**sed off" about the artwork.

"Recently I've been thinking, 'What if it wasn't OK with my freaking penis being shown to everybody?' I didn't really have a choice," he said.
 

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.


 

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