Kanye West is no stranger to controversy, and his latest move shows he clearly doesn’t shy away from it. New reports claim he paid $85,000 to acquire the usage rights of a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom — taken after an alleged drug binge, complete with drug paraphernalia — for a new album cover.
Pusha T’s latest release, “Daytona,” came out late last month and was produced in its entirety by West. Pusha told a radio host at the time that the change in creative direction came last minute, having previously had a photoshoot for the cover.
However, the night before release, West had a change of heart and spent $85,000 of his own money to acquire the rights of the photo for usage as part of the artwork. West is quoted as saying “This is what people need to see to go along with this music.”
The photo in question was taken by one of Houston’s family members in 2006, a number of years before her death, at her Alabama home. The bathroom counter is littered with various apparatus used for consuming drugs, after the star had allegedly binged.
West has come under fire for his usage of the image from Houston’s estate, who say they are “extremely disappointed.” They added, “Even in Whitney's death, we see that no one is exempt from the harsh realities of the world."
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