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Ye's fans are worried after the mega producer shared disturbing cover art for his new single "My life was never easy."

The shocking cover art shows a skinned monkey covered in blood. The original image was taken by British fashion photographer Nick Knight for Big Magazine in 1997.

Knight has collaborated with Ye, formerly Kanye West, on the rapper's short film Jesus Is King (2019) and his 2013 single "Bound 2."

Ye posted the image on Instagram, which left fans shocked and expressing outrage.

Sandrarose.com will not post a link to the image, but it is still live on Ye's Instagram page.

Meanwhile, Ye is under investigation by the LAPD for allegedly punching a fan who asked for an autograph.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night outside the Soho Warehouse Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

Video of the incident shows a man on the ground as Ye screams at a woman who is attempting to calm him down.

"Give me your hand. I am your family," the woman tells him. "No! Get away from me! Ain't no hand! You were supposed to talk to her," Ye screams repeatedly.

According to TMZ, the incident happened after Ye partied with girlfriend Julia Fox inside the club.

The case is under investigation as misdemeanor battery, a crime that carries a maximum jail sentence of 6 months.
 

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A drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama watching Martin Luther King and Malcolm X playing a dice game is raising a ruckus on social media. The drawing shows former President Obama and the late civil rights leaders holding wads of cash while watching former NBA player Allen Iverson roll the dice.

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Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama commissioned a radical leftwing artist to create his "formal portrait" that will forever hang among presidential portraits in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Obama unveiled his formal portrait on Monday, and the public's response has been harsh, to say the least.

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The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. unveiled portraits of former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama that shocked the public because of their simplicity.

But it is Barack's painting that drew the most criticism and attention for its awkward positioning of the former President.

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Every holiday, Google.com selects an artist to commemorate the day of observance with a scaled-down work of art called a Google Doodle.

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018, Google commissioned Cannaday Chapman to pay tribute to the late civil rights leader, Baptist minister, and Nobel Laureate who dedicated his life working tirelessly for peace and social justice in America.

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Jay-Z reportedly turned down a request to perform during halftime at the 2018 Super Bowl. The aging rapper declined the offer to show solidarity with unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is currently blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee during the national anthem.

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Carter Family Portraits - Jay Z, Queen B and Solange get the high art treatment.

The High Museum of Modern Art has rejected without explanation a painting of bordello singer Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy. Apparently Beyonce thinks she's a modern masterpiece, and that her likeness and that of her child should hang in a museum for art lovers to enjoy.

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Someone is ready to splash out serious cash for an "original hand painting" by unemployed nightwatchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is auctioning his painting on eBay.com to raise cash to pay off his mounting debts. With one day left in the auction, the bidding has reached $100,099.99. But a sharp-eyed New York mag writer says the waving image in Zimmerman's painting was stolen from a popular Internet stock image.

NY Mag writer Joe Coscarelli wrote: "The patriotic work appears to be copied directly, if not ripped off completely, from a generic stock image."

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Earlier today, rap mogul Jay Z explained the inspiration behind his upcoming CD Magna Carta Holy Grail. The 45-year-old rapper whose real name is Shawn Knowles-Carter, says the album's tracks were influenced by his father leaving him as a boy. Carter said the track "Jay-Z Blue" was inspired by his own childhood experience, plus the experience of being a father to his daughter Blue Ivy, who was born in 2012. "It deals with my pop leaving when I was young. He didn't teach me how to be a man nor how to raise a child, or treat a woman. And I have a daughter. It's the paranoia of not being a great dad."

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Just when I was wondering where is Michelle Obama when Barack needs her the most, a controversial bust designed in the likeness of Michelle Obama was unveiled yesterday in NYC.

On his website, the artist, Daniel Edwards, described his artwork as

an accessorized mannequin bust of Obama that foregoes the conventional pearl necklace, and provides for her a "signature look" to take to Washington. "The goal is to create a look for Michelle Obama that eliminates excessive comparisons to Jackie Kennedy."

Am I the only one who missed the "excessive comparisons" to Jackie Kennedy? The Afro pick sitting fashionably askew in the Nefertiti style body wave perm adds a nice touch. And I can overlook the tattoos, but where are her nipples?

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